Owners and MLBPA start talks with first “bargaining session”

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As the NFL labor situation gets uglier and uglier Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner said this morning that the union and owners held their first “bargaining session” yesterday in Florida.

Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that “the meeting was attended by many of the player reps” and Jeremy Guthrie of the Orioles described the session as “informal.”

MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expires after this season, but Weiner told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that he doesn’t expect a work stoppage because “my sense is neither side is looking to make fundamental or radical changes in the structure of our contract.” Weiner added that he doesn’t expect “the salary cap will be on the table” because the owners “understand this union’s view with respect to caps” and how that led to the strike in 1994.