Skip to comments.Reports: Northwestern football players overwhelmingly vote to reject unionization
Posted on 04/25/2014 4:33:15 PM PDT by FlJoePa
Go back and read Allahpundits primer on the regional NLRBs (immediately appealed) March ruling that Northwestern University football players are employees of the school, and are therefore entitled to form a union. That decision precipitated todays vote the official results of which likely wont be known for months, or even years, due to a lengthy anticipated appeals process. The unionization push has become a hot topic in sports media and a political lightning rod. The university, coaching staff, and many former players have come out strongly against the idea, and some current members of the team have suggested that they werent painted an accurate picture of coming attractions when they were pressured to sign the petition that set all of this into motion. Although the formal tally remains shrouded in mystery, several Chicago-based reporters with ties to NU are reporting that the vote was lopsided:
Since the votes have been sequestered until the full NLRB hears the case I doubt seriously anything that is being reported today
College football insiders/recruiting gurus/beat reporters can get the information. They know the players better than anyone.
When they announced yesterday that the vote would be impounded while the previous ruling was reviewed, you know they were just looking for room to adjust the ballots.
I would suggest that the Universities simply convert the scholarships to licenses on the knowledge that the athletes receive while 'employed', and collect on said license for the rest of the athlete's career.
That's what I don't understand. These kids "make" more in 4 years in free tuition, etc.. than I'll make in 10.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.