Closed Major League Baseball players have started a $1 million fund to support workers affected by the canceled games.
In addition, Major League Baseball will also create a fund for affected workers, a source told ESPN.
The players’ union said on Friday that the fund would be managed by the federation and AFL-CIO. It will be distributed to stadium workers and others in cash-strapped status as baseball’s ninth hiatus, which was on its 92nd day, is out of business.
Details of the fund being created by MLB have yet to be announced.
Spring training matches failed as scheduled on February 26. Commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday canceled each team’s first two series during the regular season, which was scheduled to begin March 31.
“Not much is seen or heard, but they are essential to the entertainment experience of our games,” union executive board members Andrew Miller and Max Scherzer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, they will also be among those affected by the landlord.” They have our support.”
The federation has included broadcast and franchise crews, electricians, guides, security, transportation, and guards among those required for MLB games.
“This fund is intended to support the workers most affected by the MLB shutdown but whose livelihoods have been neglected by owners in their efforts to pressure players into accepting an unfair deal,” union president Tony Clark said in a statement.
Jesse Rogers of ESPN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.