Northwestern, Players Clash At NLRB Over Unionization

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT) -- Northwestern University and a group of its football players who are trying to unionize duked it out before the National Labor Relations Board this week, lodging post-trial briefs that sharply dispute whether or not college athletes are “employees” that can organize.

The players, who petitioned for union representation by the College Athletes Players Association back on Jan. 28, told the board in post-hearing briefs that “an employee is an employee,” regardless of their “student” label. The school, in turn, said college football is “an avocation, not...
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