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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