WASHINGTON, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael Weiner, executive director and general counsel of Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), will speak at a National Press Club Luncheon, April 11. As the new season begins, Mr. Weiner will "throw the first pitch" by discussing what he believes shapes the future of America's favorite pastime: collective bargaining. Weiner will be joined by six-time All-Star player Bobby Bonilla, and MLBPA's new Director of Player Relations and former first baseman Tony Clark.
The MLBPA is the collective bargaining representative for all current players, and under Weiner's leadership, the union led the charge on negotiations to establish the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement. The five-year deal was announced late last year and is equal to the longest agreement in history. It ensures that play will continue uninterrupted through the 2016 season. It also has increased the players' minimum salary: $480,000 in 2012. The average salary in 2011 was over $3 million. MLBPA also works on protocol for drug testing. The testing program's procedures and confidentiality were questioned recently in the case of a player whose suspension was overturned. Weiner says he has confidence in MLB's drug-testing system.
The Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Remarks will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session, ending at 2 p.m. Advance reservations should be made through (202) 662-7501 or [email protected]. The cost of luncheon admission is $19 for National Press Club members, $30 for their guests, and $37 for the general public. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.
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