Northwestern union push clears big hurdle

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
3:53
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Huge news out of Chicago today that could be a game-changer for college athletics and the student-athlete model. The Northwestern football players trying to unionize have scored a big victory.
The Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern football players qualify as employees and can unionize.

NLRB regional director Peter Sung Ohr cited the players' time commitment to their sport and that their scholarships were tied directly to their performance as reasons for granting them union rights.

Ohr wrote in his ruling that Wildcats players "fall squarely within the [National Labor Relations] Act's broad definition of 'employee' when one considers the common law definition of 'employee.'"

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