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The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, such as those umps that handle Spokane Indians games, will rise from $1,900 to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.
NEW YORK- Minor league umpires are getting an upgrade in hotel accommodations, family leave, refrigerators at ballparks for concussion headgear and pay raises as part of a five-year labor contract.
Under the agreement announced Monday, lodging must include interior access to the guest rooms, the Association of Minor League Umpires said.
Tim Brunswick, vice president of baseball and business operations of the National Association of Professional Leagues, said the previous agreement called for management to make its "best efforts" to avoid hotel rooms with entrances onto parking lots and that just two were used last year.
The refrigerators will be used to store the headgear so that the ice is frozen and can be applied immediately in the case of suspected concussions.
Umpires will get five paid days of family leave for the birth of a child and additional days at the discretion of management, AMLU President Shaun Francis said. There is also a new limit of 30 consecutive days worked.
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