Monday, July 7, 2014

NLRB Student Football Case Still Alive and Kicking

As blog readers will know, there was a recent NLRB decision saying college football players are essentially employees and therefore eligible for protection of their right to unionize.

The case is now under appeal within the NLRB:

Northwestern University urged the National Labor Relations Board Thursday to reverse a regional director's decision that classified the university's football players as university employees, therefore allowing them to unionize.
The university's argument was backed by several associations, six Republican members of Congress, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association -- all of which filed amicus briefs Thursday ahead of the case's midnight deadline...

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations argued a similar point in its brief urging the labor board to affirm (the initial) decision...
We have noted in prior posts that a former UCLA player has been active in the student-athlete unionization movement.
Will the NLRB hold the line and endorse its initial decision?  We will keep you informed.  In the meantime, you might enjoy:

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