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Michael Weiner Unanimously Approved as New Exec. Director MLBPA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:18


The Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to approve the selection of Michael Weiner as Executive Director, effective immediately, it was announced today during the MLBPA’s annual Executive Board meeting. Weiner replaces Donald Fehr, who announced his resignation plans on June 22, following 26 years as Executive Director.

Weiner, 47, the Association’s General Counsel since 2004, joined the MLBPA in 1988 as counsel. He has participated in virtually every negotiating session with the Clubs in the last several rounds of bargaining, and for much of his tenure he has been the staff counsel with the primary responsibility for administering and enforcing the Basic Agreement.

“It is with great pleasure that today we officially name Michael Weiner as our next Executive Director,” said Association Player Representative, Tony Clark. “For more than 20 years Michael has worked diligently and tirelessly to support and defend the rights of players. We are extremely confident that the future of our union is in good hands with Michael at the helm. Also, I want to thank Don for all he accomplished on our behalf during his tenure. We all owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

“I want to thank the players for their support throughout this entire selection process,” said Weiner. “It has been a pleasure to serve the players over the past 21 years, and I am eager to now serve as their Executive Director. I look forward to leading the players in this everchanging and challenging industry. Also, I would like to thank Don for having the confidence and faith in my abilities to endorse me for this position.”

"I have worked closely with Michael for more than two decades. He has the complete confidence of the players, and I know from long personal experience that their confidence in him is well deserved,” said Fehr. “I have no doubt that under Mike's leadership the MLBPA will continue to set the standard for what a union can be, and what a union should be. The best and most successful days of this extraordinary union are yet to come."

On July 7, 2009, following the recommendation of Fehr, the Executive Board announced its preliminary decision to name Weiner as the MLBPA’s next executive director. The Board directed then that the matter be put to a vote of the full membership -- players, managers, coaches and trainers. The members then voted overwhelmingly (1,055 to 4) to endorse the Executive Board’s recommendation. The Executive Board’s vote culminating in today’s announcement is the final stage of the selection process.

The MLBPA Executive Board is comprised of Player Representatives, Alternate Player Representatives and members of the Executive Subcommittee.

Select Read More to see Michael Weiner's career history

Michael Weiner – Career Summary

• Age: 47;
• Currently MLBPA General Counsel;
• Graduate of Williams College (1983) and Harvard Law School (1986);
• From 1986-88, served as law clerk to the Hon. H. Lee Sarokin, then United States District Court Judge, in Newark, New Jersey;
• Hired by Executive Director, Donald Fehr, as Counsel in 1988, at age 26;
• In 1989, was promoted to Assistant General Counsel, rising to role of Associate General Counsel and, in 2004, to General Counsel – his current role;
• Since 1990, he has attended virtually every bargaining session between players and owners, and in 1994, at age 32, took on a prominent role in drafting and formulating bargaining proposals;
• Was staff attorney working with National Labor Relations Board in 1994-1995 in successfully bringing charge of unfair labor practices against the owners, which resulted in Judge Sonia Sotomayor issuing injunction against owners attempt to unilaterally impose changes in working conditions, including a salary cap;
• During CBA negotiations in 2002, he held prominent role and was a lead negotiator at the bargaining table and formulated and presented core economic proposals, attending virtually every bargaining session between the parties;
• During 2006 CBA negotiations, at age 45, for first time he was the front-chair negotiator of current Basic Agreement without threat of a work stoppage;
• Was lead attorney in formulating the 2005 Joint Drug Agreement and subsequent changes;
• Involved in virtually every grievance hearing between 1989-2004 (including contraction and post 2002-2003 collusion), and since 2004 has been involved with all major grievances;
• Lead lawyer in salary arbitration hearings since early 1990s, and has been present at virtually every salary arbitration hearing since 1998, when, for first time, hearings were held in one location;
• Over last 10 years, he has attended virtually every meeting of the Pension Committee, along with Don Fehr, which administers the MLBPA Benefit Plan;
• Has attended almost every Spring Training meeting with players since 2003, and in 2005 held many of the meetings in Don Fehr’s absence;
• Although not lead attorney, has been involved in legal matters and negotiations regarding international play, licensing, immigration, workers compensation and taxation;
• Has been heavily involved in Association’s Congressional efforts and activities, including serving in role as MLBPA representative in meetings with members of Congress and their aides;
• Has supervised outside litigation, including the Steve Garvey case and cases relating to the 2003 survey tests.

Source: MLBPA






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