Minor League Baseball

              === Minor league umpires reject 12 percent raise ===
 St.  Petersburg, FL  (Sports Network) - The umpires for Minor League Baseball,
 on  strike since the  beginning of the season on April 6, rejected a tentative
 agreement on a six-year contract.
 Representatives  of Minor  League Baseball and the Association of Minor League
 Umpires  (AMLU)  reached the deal last  Friday, but announced three days later
 the  rejection of  the pact,  which had  been hammered  out with  the help  of
 federal mediator Lou Manchise.
 The  Professional  Baseball  Umpire  Corporation  (PBUC),  which  employs  the
 umpires,  said it  was upset the striking umpires chose to reject the contract
 despite the unanimous recommendation of the AMLU bargaining committee.
 Minor  League Baseball  will continue using replacement umpires and no further
 negotiations are scheduled.
 The rejected agreement would have seen a raise of about 12 percent this year.
 05/01 21:12:58 ET

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