Safe! Umpires and Minor League Baseball strike a deal

Minor League Baseball Umpire Development (a Minor League Baseball, MiLB, subsidiary) has successfully reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU). The agreement, negotiated by a team including Mekesha Montgomery, ensures labor peace through the 2021 season for some 160 teams in the United States and Canada. It allows Minor League Baseball to continue to manage costs involved with the hiring, training, development and evaluation of professional umpires.

 “I couldn’t be more pleased with the work of the negotiating committee, and we look forward to another five years of developing strong umpires and hopefully watching many of them graduate on to Major League Baseball assignments,” said Tim Brunswick, MiLB vice president of baseball and business operations, as the agreement was disclosed on January 9.

In addition to running FBT’s Nashville office, Mekesha is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, where she represents management in a range of labor matters. She advises employers in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge, union negotiations and arbitration, and she also assists management in responding to union-initiated grievances. Mekesha was recognized as an impressive and impactful role model for women in business in the Nashville Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” in 2012.