Monday, August 17, 2015

NLRB Dismisses Northwestern Football Players’ Bid to Unionize

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 17th, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board declined on Monday to rule on whether Northwestern University football players are employees of the college, effectively dooming their bid to unionize. The ruling supersedes a regional office’s 2014 decision in the players’ favor.
In its decision, the board wrote that considering the athletes’ case “would not promote stability in labor relations,” and cited “recent changes, as well as calls for additional reforms” as evidence that “the situation of scholarship players may well change in the near future.”
The decision renders moot the results of the athletes’ vote last year on whether they would unionize. Those ballots were impounded while the full NLRB considered the case.

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