Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski:
“A Minor League Players’ Bill of Rights is long overdue. These professional athletes are being exploited under repressive conditions by team owners, leaving many earning poverty wages. They have been stripped of their name and branding, and many are unable to care for their families because they are paid less than $12,000 a year.
“The California Labor Federation is in strong support of improving conditions for minor-league players through Senator Josh Becker’s SB 1248 to give these players a bill of rights. Becker’s legislation would take immediate steps to address the poverty conditions forced on players, many of whom are immigrants and people of color.
“Exploitation in any industry is a problem for workers in all industries. We won’t rest until all workers, including athletes, make a living wage and are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. We’re looking forward to working with Sen. Becker and advocates for minor-league players to move this vital legislation to the Governor’s desk for his signature.”