» July 14, 1999: In an ill-conceived move, umpires union-chief Richie Phillips announces that 57 umpires will resign on September 2. Among other things, the umps reportedly are upset at the 3-day suspension Tom Hallion received for bumping Rockies C Jeff Reed on July 2.
» September 10, 1999:
Umpires opposed to union chief Richie Phillips announce plans to form a new union and seek certification to represent all umpires.
» January 21, 2000: The National Labor Relations Board refuses to overturn the election which removed Richie Phillips and the Major League Umpires Association from power. A new union will represent the arbiters.
» February 24, 2000: The National Labor Relations Board certifies the results of the November election that kicked out the Major League Umpires Association and replaced it with the newly-formed World Umpires Association. About 50 of the 71 major league umpires have joined the new union. The decision ends Richie Phillips' 21-year reign as union chief.