Friday, December 4, 2009

Ballplayers Vote to Unionize, KBO Leaders Unenthusiastic

The Korean Professional Baseball Players Association met on Thursday and voted to unionize. 273 of a possible 530 players attended the meeting. 188 players voted for the union, 17 voted against and 68 players abstained. Players from Samsung and LG abstained due to the anti-union policies of their sponsors.

The money quote from LG Twins general manager Lee Yeong-hwan, "When teams start making profits, then we can think about a players' union, but none do so. Players do not understand the real situation."

I'll be curious to see how this goes. All of the power in the KBO lies with the management. The players are essentially powerless for the first 8 years of their career. I'm really surprised more Korean high schoolers and university students aren't jumping to leagues in the US or Japan. Right now all we can do is wait to hear back from the Korean Ministry of Labor.

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