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August 9, 1999 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Of course, that time, after Richie Phillips, lord of the umpires, advised his minions to resign, turned out to be extraordinarily brief, lasting only a day or two before a bloc of his constituents started to turn on him. All the umpires have since asked for their resignations back but baseball has told 22 of them to forget it. Legal experts sneer at Phillips' arguments. He has been vilified in the press as never before.
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September 1, 2001
Hey, all you NFL referees! Gather round and repeat after me: Richie Phillips ... Richie Phillips ... Richie Phillips! There. Now, if that little hint isn't enough, let me cut to the chase. No one comes to see you toss your hankies, so you don't have much leverage. Take that 50% raise and run with it before you find out just how replaceable you all are. Eric Monson Temecula
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September 1, 2001
Hey, all you NFL referees! Gather round and repeat after me: Richie Phillips ... Richie Phillips ... Richie Phillips! There. Now, if that little hint isn't enough, let me cut to the chase. No one comes to see you toss your hankies, so you don't have much leverage. Take that 50% raise and run with it before you find out just how replaceable you all are. Eric Monson Temecula
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August 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
Assuring baseball will have labor peace through next season, the players' association on Monday exercised its option to extend the sport's collective bargaining agreement through Oct. 31, 2001. The union's move had long been expected, since players generally are happy with the deal, which went into effect in November 1996 and was reached only after a 232-day strike wiped out the 1994 World Series. It was the first cancellation of baseball's championship in 90 years.
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March 12, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Richie Phillips, the Philadelphia attorney who also heads the major league baseball umpires organization, said golf officials were angry over the tour's counteroffer to union demands for an increased economic package. Among the options available to the union, Phillips said, was "a work stoppage" as early as this weekend, "putting up pickets" and "closing the tour."
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February 19, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Boston right-hander Roger Clemens denied allegations that his $5.38-million-per-year contract includes money to pay for any fines he might incur, and suggested he would take his case against American League umpires to Commissioner Fay Vincent. Richie Phillips, head of the Major League Umpires Assn., last week asked American League President Bobby Brown to look into Clemens' contract.
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February 13, 1991 | ROSS NEWHAN
Richie Phillips, legal counsel to the Major League Umpires Assn., said Tuesday that he has asked the American League to investigate the $21,521,000 contract extension Roger Clemens received from the Boston Red Sox because the signing bonus of $621,000 commits the Red Sox to pay the fines Clemens incurred in disputes with umpires last year.
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August 29, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
Amid a widening split between American and National League umpires and increasingly stronger rhetoric in opposition to union counsel Richie Phillips, the clock is ticking for the 22 umpires whose resignations will become effective Thursday. One of their last hopes--if not the last--rests with the National Labor Relations Board, which is considering charges of unfair labor practice filed by the union against baseball Aug. 3.
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August 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
As umpires filed a new unfair labor practice charge against owners, there were indications Wednesday that the group opposed to union head Richie Phillips will try to topple him next month. The anti-Phillips faction has been organizing, a person with knowledge of their activities said. The faction could try to force him out in a union vote, but it's more likely they will file a decertification petition with the National Labor Relations Board.
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September 4, 1990
Lee MacPhail, former American League president, said Commissioner Fay Vincent should have stayed out of the dispute between National League President Bill White and the league's umpires. "In on-field matters of this nature, the league president has full and complete authority," MacPhail was quoted as saying in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer. "The commissioner should have said, 'I support Bill White 1,000% in this case,' and left it at that."
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December 1, 1999 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two weeks before a hearing they hope will save 22 jobs and a month before their contract expires, major league umpires voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to replace lawyer Richie Phillips' union with a union of their own. The result appeared to sever a 21-year tie with Phillips, who failed in his attempt in July to bully baseball into a new agreement. A mass-resignation strategy backfired, costing 22 umpires their livelihoods and, ultimately, Phillips his hold on their union.
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September 5, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
While the 22 unemployed umpires await arbitration, a group now believed to number about 40 is intensifying efforts to oust Richie Phillips as union counsel. The group, led by American League umpires Joe Brinkman, John Hirschbeck and Davey Phillips, may ask the National Labor Relations Board this week to either decertify the current union or certify their own group as the umpires' new bargaining agent.
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August 29, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
Amid a widening split between American and National League umpires and increasingly stronger rhetoric in opposition to union counsel Richie Phillips, the clock is ticking for the 22 umpires whose resignations will become effective Thursday. One of their last hopes--if not the last--rests with the National Labor Relations Board, which is considering charges of unfair labor practice filed by the union against baseball Aug. 3.
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August 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
As umpires filed a new unfair labor practice charge against owners, there were indications Wednesday that the group opposed to union head Richie Phillips will try to topple him next month. The anti-Phillips faction has been organizing, a person with knowledge of their activities said. The faction could try to force him out in a union vote, but it's more likely they will file a decertification petition with the National Labor Relations Board.
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August 10, 1999 | From Associated Press
Baseball umpires might still strike this season, but their union head has told them to wait until the National Labor Relations Board rules on their unfair labor practice complaint. "At about the same time that we withdrew the resignations, baseball engaged in a series of very, very serious unfair labor practices that could create a strike," union head Richie Phillips said Monday.
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August 9, 1999 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Of course, that time, after Richie Phillips, lord of the umpires, advised his minions to resign, turned out to be extraordinarily brief, lasting only a day or two before a bloc of his constituents started to turn on him. All the umpires have since asked for their resignations back but baseball has told 22 of them to forget it. Legal experts sneer at Phillips' arguments. He has been vilified in the press as never before.
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September 5, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
While the 22 unemployed umpires await arbitration, a group now believed to number about 40 is intensifying efforts to oust Richie Phillips as union counsel. The group, led by American League umpires Joe Brinkman, John Hirschbeck and Davey Phillips, may ask the National Labor Relations Board this week to either decertify the current union or certify their own group as the umpires' new bargaining agent.
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August 3, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
Make no mistake, major league umpires are where they are because of union counsel Richie Phillips. His ill-conceived strategy has split the union along a bitter fault line, pitting partner against partner, wife against wife, while leading to the dismissal of 22 umpires, effective Sept. 2, the date their resignations were to have been implemented.
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August 3, 1999 | STUART SILVERSTEIN and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Labor law experts say that the recent mass resignation by umpires against major league baseball was, as union legal strategies go, a classic case of a blown call. The final score: The 22 replaced umpires who are hoping to get their jobs back appear to have scant hope of winning reinstatement through the courts. "Umpires usually throw other people out of the game. This time they threw themselves out of the game," said Roger I.
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