MLB Players Association launches $1 million fund for workers affected by canceled games; MLB follows suit

Locked-out Major League Baseball players are launching a $1 million fund to support workers affected by canceled games.

Additionally, Major League Baseball will also set up a fund for affected workers, a source told ESPN.

The players’ association said Friday the fund would be administered by the union and the AFL-CIO. It will be distributed to stadium employees and others experiencing financial hardship caused by baseball’s ninth work stoppage, which was in its 93rd day.

Details of the fund set up by MLB have yet to be announced.

Spring training games did not start as scheduled on February 26. Commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday canceled the first two series for each team during the regular season, which was scheduled to start March 31.

“Many are not seen or heard, but they are essential to the entertainment experience of our games,” union executive board members Andrew Miller and Max Scherzer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, they will also be among those affected by the owner-imposed lockout and cancellation of games. Through this fund, we want to let them know they have our support.”

The union listed broadcast and concession crews, electricians, ushers, security, transportation and janitors among those needed for MLB games.

“This fund is intended to support workers most affected by the lockout imposed by MLB but whose livelihoods have been ignored by owners in their efforts to pressure players into accepting an unfair deal. “said union leader Tony Clark in a statement.

ESPN’s Jesse Rogers and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Andrew B. Reiter