NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, today announced the hiring of staff lawyers, David M. Prouty and Emily Cabrera.
Given his long and successful experience representing labor unions and their members at the highest level, Dave Prouty will bring to the MLBPA both unquestioned legal expertise and a valuable fresh perspective," said Fehr. Prouty, who lives with his wife and family in Rockland County, New York, received his AB magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 1980; worked as a staffer and organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) from 1980 - 1983, and received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986. He will join the MLBPA later this spring after transitioning from his current position as general counsel for UNITE HERE, the union formed by the merger of UNITE, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees and HERE, the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union.
Ms. Cabrera, who has worked for the National Labor Relations Board for many years, initially as a field examiner, and currently as a field attorney, will join the MLBPA staff next month. "We are pleased that Emily has agreed to join the union staff," Fehr commented. "In addition to her NLRB experience, she speaks Spanish, which clearly is a valuable skill for an MLBPA lawyer, given the large number of players for whom Spanish is their native language." Cabrera received her undergraduate degree, in 2000, and Masters in Labor and Employment Relations, in 2001, from Rutgers University and her JD from Brooklyn Law in 2006. She lives with her husband and family in Brooklyn, New York.