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Northwestern Rips Ruling on Football Players,
Asks NLRB to Dismiss Union Election Petition

April 9, 2014, 4:00 AM

Northwestern University April 9 asked the National Labor Relations Board to review and reverse a regional director’s decision that scholarship football players are employees who may vote in an NLRB-supervised election to determine whether they want union representation (Northwestern Univ.).

An NLRB regional director decided March 26 that approximately 85 scholarship athletes at Northwestern are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, and he directed an election in which they would be allowed to vote on representation by the College Athletic Players Association. The NLRB regional office in Chicago has scheduled the election for April 25.

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