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.