New York, NY, November 26, 2012: The Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU)/OPEIU Guild 322, the labor union that represents all professional Minor League Baseball umpires in the United States and Canada, announces that current President Shaun Francis will begin a third consecutive term as head of the union. Francis was unopposed in his run for a record third term. Sam Vogt was also unopposed in his run to join the executive board as First Vice President, replacing retiring First VP Justin Vogel. Tim Hromada joins the leadership of AMLU as Secretary-Treasurer, finishing the final two years of a vacancy in that post.
Second Vice President Mario Seneca has two years remaining on his term, and Recording Secretary Tom Clarke has one year remaining on his term in office.
“I am very excited about the great mix of leaders we have on this board,” said Francis. “We have people like myself who have been around a little while, and Sam and Tim are stepping up to mark a new generation of umpires that are getting active and taking a role in their union.”
The newly elected officers terms begin on January 1, 2013. AMLU recently concluded successful negotiations to renew their contract with Minor League Baseball last winter. The five-year contract runs through 2016.
“This is a great time for Sam and Tim to join the leadership of the union and get vital experience over the coming months and years before we need to begin the process of negotiating a new deal with Baseball,” Francis said.
Shaun Francis was first elected President of AMLU in 2007, and last year finished his ninth year in Minor League Baseball as a crew chief in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. AMLU is an affiliate of Office and Professional Employees International Union, an AFL-CIO member union.