Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"these Congresspeople want to codify that minor league [baseball players] are not entitled to minimum wage or overtime"


On Wednesday, Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) introduced the “Save America’s Pastime Act” (H.R. 5580) along with Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to clarify that minor league baseball players are exempt from federal wage laws.


But why would a Democrat who supports raising the federal minimum wage try to prevent any workers from actually earning a minimum wage?


It turns out that Rep. Bustos is the daughter of Major League Baseball’s first chief lobbyist Gene Callahan — a leader in preserving MLB’s antitrust exemption.