Minor League Baseball

                    === Minor league umpires end strike ===
 St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Minor League Baseball umpires have ended
 their  season-long strike, agreeing to a new six-year contract that includes a
 salary increase of $100 per month.
 The  umpires had been  on strike since the start of the season on April 6, but
 are now expected to return by June 12.
 "We  are  happy to have reached  a deal that  will assure labor peace with our
 umpires  through  the 2011 season,"  said Minor League Baseball vice president
 Pat O'Conner in a release. "We look forward to continuing another great season
 of baseball without the distraction of a strike."
 Minor  League  Baseball had  been  progressing  this season  with  replacement
 The  new  deal also  increases the  per diem for  umpires in  each year of the
 agreement, starting with a $3 per day -- or $90 per month -- raise this year.
 05/30 14:41:01 ET

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