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MLB players union urges New Era to reconsider closing Derby plant

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The union representing Major League Baseball players has come out in support of workers at the New Era Cap Company plant in Derby, which is slated for closure next month.

The union, in a statement issued Thursday, says it stands in solidarity with the plant's more-than 200 workers. It is urging the company to reconsider its decision to shutter the facility and move production to a non-union factory in Florida, saying the decision will cause economic harm to both the workers and their families, as well as the town of Derby. 

"It has always been a source of great pride for players to wear the highest-quality, union-made caps produced by the New Era workers in Derby," the statement reads.

New Era has made the official caps for Major League Baseball for decades. In recent days, some players have taken up the cause, including Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle and Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh.

Last week, New Era announced it has agreed to a severance package for the plant's workers, who will receive one week of salary for every year of service, up to 26 weeks, along with a health insurance contribution for five months after the plant closes.

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