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Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation. The provision appears to pre-empt a lawsuit filed four years ago by three players alleging Major League Baseball and its teams violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50-to-60 hours.

Baseball players in minors to lose minimum wage protection

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation. The provision appears to pre-empt a lawsuit filed four years ago by three players alleging Major League Baseball and its teams violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50-to-60 hours.
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The Spokane Indians team stands for the national anthem before a game against the Everett AquaSox on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Avista Stadium. Players in the short-season Class A Northwest League make as little as $1,100 a month and are losing their minimum wage protection in the new government spending legislation. (James Snook / James Snook / Special to The Spokesman-Review)

Baseball players in minors to lose minimum wage protection

UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 11:53 a.m.

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation. The provision appears to pre-empt a lawsuit filed four years ago by three players alleging Major League Baseball and its teams violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50-to-60 hours.

Three Spokane Indians baseball players take time out from spring training drills at Vero Beach, Florida, in 1960. Left to right are outfielder Carl Warwick, pitcher Chuck Churn and pitcher Jim Harwell. Churn died last month in Florida. He was 87. (Archive photo)

Former Spokane Indians pitcher Chuck Churn dies

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 5, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Clarence “Chuck” Churn, a tall righthander who earned almost a quarter of his career pitching victories during two Pacific Coast League seasons with the Spokane Indians, has died at the age of 87.
VANCOUVER. September 07 2017. Spokane Indians #19 starting pitcher Cole Ragans pitches to Vancouver Canadians  in game 2 of the single-A baseball Northwest League North Division finals at Nat Bailey stadium, Vancouver, September 07 2017.  Sept 2-4. Gerry Kahrmann  /  PNG staff photo) ( Prov / Sun News ) 00050514A Story by Steve Ewen (Gerry Kahrmann / PNG)

Spokane Indians fall to Vancouver, eliminated from NWL playoffs

Brock Lundquist went 2 for 4, including a homer in the fourth inning, to lift the Vancouver Canadians to a 2-1 win over the Spokane Indians in the second game of the North Division first-round series, ending the Indians’ run in the Northwest League postseason.