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NU Football Players to Unionize? That is the Question

Northwestern University football players have been seeking union representation, and on Wednesday the National Labor Relations Board agreed that they should be treated as employees of the university, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Credit: Evanston Patch
Credit: Evanston Patch

In a landmark decision, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Northwestern University (NU) football players are actually employees of the school and entitled to become part of a union, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Players at NU, according to the article, had been seeking union representation with support from the College Athletes Players Association and requesting independent concussion experts at games, financial coverage for medical expenses relating to game play and other demands. Northwestern University officials say they plan to appeal the decision.

The Chicago Tribune has more on this story.

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Procrustes' Foil March 27, 2014 at 07:01 AM
This issue is HUGE! When all is said and done, most athletes are not academically prepared for college. Their purpose is to make money for the school. College football and basketball should follow the system that baseball uses and recruit players from the minor leagues. Further, what about "Right to Work" states? How will this affect women's sports? This decision is a can of worms - and very interesting.

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