The Pittsburgh Pirates reached a tentative truce on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Pittsburgh Stadium Independent Employees Union (PSIEU) after more than five hours of negotiations on Tuesday afternoon. The PSIEU voted to strike Sunday evening after deciding to reject a contract proposal from the Pirates.
The strike threatened the Pirates’ upcoming homestand, beginning April 2o against the Cincinnati Reds. The impending deadline helped spur the agreement.
Pirates’ Senior Vice President of Communications Brian Warecki released the following statement after the negotiations came to a close.
“We are very pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with the PSIEU on a new collective bargaining agreement this afternoon. The Union will be scheduling a ratification vote for membership at the end of April, and advised us that employees will be reporting for work as scheduled. The passion, dedication and teamwork that our employees bring to the ballpark makes a difference to our organization, our players and our fans. We look forward to sharing in what is shaping up to be an exciting 2023 season at PNC Park.”
It is important to note that the deal isn’t finalized: the union still has to vote to ratify it at the end of the month. Per the statement, business will proceed as usual for the moment, with the strike averted for now.
Stay tuned to Pittsburgh Baseball Now for more details to come about the minutiae of the agreement.