The Nation: Called Strike

The right to strike is a fundamental precept of U.S. democracy. Still, major league baseball players scarcely seem to fit into the same category as coal miners, auto workers or even schoolteachers. But last week, the National and American League teams voted unanimously to call a strike against their owners.

At issue was the players' demand for greater pensions. Under the last contract, signed in 1969, they get basically $60 a month for each year of service in the major leagues, paid beginning at age 50. Players average about 41 years in the majors; the pension, however, is paid only to players...

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