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Will college athletes unionize? A query for NLRB

March 30, 2014 • National News


FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2013, file photo, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2), wears APU for “All Players United” on wrist tape as he scores a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston, Ill. The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm. The very makeup of the National Labor Relations Board has been challenged in a case now before the Supreme Court. And Republicans contend the agency has being overly friendly to organized labor. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The five-member regulatory board that will ultimately decide if Northwestern University football players can unionize has itself been in the middle of a firestorm.

The very makeup of the National Labor Relations Board has been challenged in a case now before the Supreme Court. And Republicans contend the agency has being overly friendly to organized labor.

Northwestern said Friday that it would appeal to the full NLRB a regional director’s ruling that full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus have the right to form a union.

“Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns these students are raising,” Alan K. Cubbage, vice president for university relations, said in a statement. “The life of a student athlete is extremely Login to read more

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