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Northwestern Football Players Lose Effort to Unionize: NLRB Declines to Exercise Jurisdiction

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
Earlier today, the long-running saga of whether NCAA Division I football players are employees under the NLRA came to an end — at least temporarily.  The NLRB unanimously declined to exercise jurisdiction over Northwestern University’s scholarship football players and dismissed the union election petition. In January 2014, Northwestern University’s scholarship football players filed a petition… Continue Reading

NLRB Regional Director Holds Northwestern University Football Players Are Employees, And Can Unionize

Posted in NLRB, Union Organizing
By: Nelson D. Cary, Michael J. Shoenfelt Yesterday, the NLRB’s regional director for Region 13(Chicago), Peter Ohr, issued a 24-page ruling in which he held that college football players at Northwestern University were employees entitled to the right to organize.  Ohr reasoned that the players met the standard for an employee under the NLRA and… Continue Reading