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Jerry_Manuel
09-06-2001, 07:39 PM
Owners send note to players
Associated Press
NEW YORK -- In the first step toward the start of talks for a new labor contract, baseball owners sent the players' union a letter stating they would seek to make changes in the sport's collective bargaining agreement.

The letter, a formality under the National Labor Relations Act, was received Tuesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. Baseball's current labor contract, agreed to in 1996, expires on Oct. 31.

Under the NLRA, either side can notify the other within 60 days of a labor contract's expiration that it seeks to make changes.

There is no indication when bargaining will start. Baseball has had eight work stoppages since 1972, including a 232-day strike in 1994 and 1995 that caused the first cancellation of the World Series since 1902.