Inside Higher Ed
August 17th, 2015
The National Labor Relations Board on Monday declined to assert jurisdiction over whether football players at Northwestern University may form a union.
The action, while narrow, effectively reverses a ruling 16 months ago by the NLRB's Chicago regional office saying that, under the National Labor Relations Act, scholarship football players at private universities are employees.
The ruling by the Chicago office cited multiple factors in concluding
that the scholarship football players at Northwestern are employees:
they perform services for the benefit of their employer and receive
compensation in exchange, and scholarship players are “subject to the
employer's control in the performance of their duties as football