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AP source: MLB lockdown talks to resume after month-long hiatus

through: RONALD BLUM, Associated Press



NEW YORK (AP) – Major League Baseball and the players’ association are due to meet on Thursday during the first negotiations between the parties since union negotiations broke down on December 1.

The schedule for the meeting was leaked to The Associated Press on Tuesday by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity as no announcement was made.

MLB has prepared a new proposal for the union, said several people familiar with the talks. The meeting will end a 42-day gap between economic talks, with negotiations limited to peripheral issues.

Management locked out the union on December 2 after the expiration of the collective agreement, the sport’s ninth work stoppage but the first since a 7.5-month strike in 1994-95.

The dispute threatens spring training, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 16 in Florida and Arizona.


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