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College Players Want NLRB Ruling On Unionizing

From a very hopeful Reuters:

Analysis: U.S. college football players tackle NLRB in bid to unionize

By Amanda Becker | February 10, 2014

(Reuters) – Football players at Northwestern University have kicked off a daunting, but not necessarily impossible, drive to become the first U.S. college athletes to unionize, starting a legal process with the potential to redefine college sports.

So if a person is gay and a member of a union will he finally be allowed to play football in peace?

Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter has teamed up with Ramogi Huma [sic], a former University of California-Los Angeles player turned activist, to form the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), a first-of-its-kind labor union.

Note that exactly two college players are calling for this. In fact, just one current player and one former player.

CAPA has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to schedule an election so Colter and his teammates can vote on whether they want union representation. The agency is due to hold a preliminary hearing on the matter this month in Chicago.

Given how Obama has recently (and illegally) stacked the NLRB, is there any question as to how the NLRB will rule? They will rule however Obama wants them to rule. Which means, ‘hello college football unions!’

In deciding whether an election is warranted, the NLRB must answer a question that has dogged college athletics for decades. Are players only students or are they effectively employees? …

Has there ever been a union for people who don’t make any money, at least on paper? How are the players going to pay their dues?

If the NLRB decides that players are employees who have a right to unionize, "it’s going to turn college athletics on its head," said Joseph Farelli, a labor lawyer at the firm of Pitta & Giblin who has represented both employers and unions…

Which could cause a concussion.

A decision favoring the players would be an incremental victory, labor lawyers said, but it would almost certainly be subjected to a long legal appeals process, making any widespread unionization of college football a distant prospect…

BS. We are always told this. And then magically, overnight, via some executive order or other, these things become the ‘Law Of The Land.’

The NCAA has said in a statement that the Wildcats players are part of a "union-backed" power grab that will undermine their educations…

Guess who is going to lose this fight. (And it won’t be the unions.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 10th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “College Players Want NLRB Ruling On Unionizing”

  1. Unionizing college football? Did I have a stroke ..?

  2. mr_bill

    I hope it passes. Colleges will trim their athletic programs because of the prohibitive costs and conditions. Students might have to…gasp…study to get into schools, instead of bouncing a ball. Major league sports will suffer and accordingly their unions will suffer as well. All the sports unions are going to take a bath on this one if it gets approved. Please pass the popcorn.

  3. Right of the People

    It’s about time they formed a minor league system for football just like baseball and basketball’s D league and stop the BS. If the small Division II and III schools still want to have football programs fine but let’s end the charade of Division I football. Just pay them like the minor leaguers that they are. Let the NFL foot the bill for the ridiculously expensive programs and maybe they could drop their tuition costs. (Yeah I know when pigs fly or Obama tells the truth).




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