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As expected, Northwestern will appeal players union ruling

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Northwestern University is not wasting much time on appealing the ruling earlier this week from the National Labor Relations Board. The university issued a statement confirming the school will request the NLRB in Washington D.C. to review the ruling made Wednesday in Chicago by a regional office.

“Northwestern believes the decision overlooked or completely ignored much of the critical testimony supporting the University’s position that student-athletes are not employees of Northwestern, and the regional director also applied incorrect legal standards,” the statement from Vice President for University Relations Alan Cubbage says. “In the meantime, we will follow established NLRB procedures.”

The ruling by the NLRB stated football players at Northwestern should be classified as employees of the university, which allowed the College Athletes Players Association to begin moving to the next phase of the union movement, which is to vote no officials. That process will have to be put on hold though until the appeal from the university is sorted. This was expected all along of course, as the union movement is still in the very early stages of development even with the landmark decision made Wednesday.

Northwestern’s statement claims the university will file a formal request for review to the NLRB in Washington D.C. by April 9, which will allow for proper documentation and review materials to be compiled by the university.

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11 Responses to “As expected, Northwestern will appeal players union ruling”
  1. Bo Darville says: Mar 28, 2014 9:00 PM

    Since I got financial aid and participated in extra curricular activities could I have been in the union, too?

  2. grady99 says: Mar 28, 2014 10:07 PM

    I hope these new “employees” are prepared to pay income tax on their scholarships. Their tax liability on over $40,000 per year in tuition will most likely be more than any additional pay the athletic department comes up with. The government always gets their piece.

  3. dretwann says: Mar 28, 2014 11:51 PM

    If you would just stop being greedy and let the kids make a lil cash here and there and stop hoarding it all for yourselves this might not even be happening. If you honored the scholarships regardless of injury this might not be happening. If you had hours for training and practice that actually allowed the athlete to, you know, BE A STUDENT, this might not be happening. Basically, NCAA and schools wen to the well to darn often and not the well is drying up. Not allowing kids to earn off their popularity while you get fat from it is draconian at best. Taking scholarships from injured players is ethically foul. Having “students” train more than 20 hours a week and still calling the non-employees is a joke. If the NCAA was smart and wanted to put an end to this thing before it blows up nationally, they would loosen the reigns and let the kids make some dough on the open market. They would require schools to honor the scholarships if a kid is injured during training, practice or games. They would eliminate these workman hours since, you know, they aren’t workmen right?

  4. witchrunner says: Mar 29, 2014 8:43 AM

    Next up, the Girl Scouts are getting ready to organize as they are clearly employees working for organization selling cookies. Thus, they must be paid at least minimum wages for their efforts, be covered by worker’s comp, pay taxes, receive W-2’s…. The list goes on and on.

  5. GenXJay says: Mar 29, 2014 9:42 AM

    so, i wanna know how the common student can benefit?
    why should certain students, that play sports, have an “employees union?”
    For God’s sake, what about the chess club!

  6. phuzzball says: Mar 29, 2014 10:12 AM

    If kids don’t want to play sports for their school in exchange for a free education, then they are not forced to play. I don’t see what’s so complicated in this. I’m sure there are more than enough student athletes out there that will be enough to keep the sports going without being paid.

  7. jackelope62 says: Mar 29, 2014 12:11 PM

    Schools make millions of dollars on these athletes, while most of them are too busy to get good grades, suffer severe injuries including brain injuries making them unemployable, while most never make it to the Pros. They should receive a lot more than scholarships and insurance covering any football related injuries. Annual cognitive studies need to be done to demonstrate impairments.

  8. dontbsuchapuss says: Mar 29, 2014 12:26 PM

    That’s nice let’s let everyone who chooses to spend their time with a fantasy of making millions form a union so when things don’t go their way they can have leverage to get what they believe they deserve. What’s next a player that sucks can get more playing time because he isn’t treated fair. It’s bad enough in kids sports it’s normal to give all the kids a trophy so know ones feelings are hurt instead of teaching them we aren’t all equal so work hard to be the best they can be. Why stop here let’s just start at the little league level start the kids paying union dues early

  9. ksctychiefs says: Mar 29, 2014 3:29 PM

    playing devil advocate…..say i’m here at ‘ Big State U.’ , a non football student majoring in engineering and going to class all the time….why shouldnt i get paid to ‘major’ in engineering like the football player is getting paid to ‘major’ in football? ……. the football player is drawing benefits from the ‘Big State U.’ ‘brand’,perhaps something that i as a regular student am not getting…….besides the ‘Big State U. ‘ brand doesnt exist without me the regular joe student attending class…there is going to be some sort of discrimination,civil rights,etc ,claim by the non -football students to the benefits of the ‘Big State U. brand’ and all the associated sports money…one scenario is that all students will go to class,and all sports on campus will be intramural,not intercollegiate…….you would end up with an intramural football league down at the ‘ol’horseshoe’…..but that may not even be feasible as Big State U. wouldnt want to liable to paying for some concussion 30 years down the road either…look at the problems of the NFL…..just sayin’…. but perhaps the end of intercollegiate sports at the Big State U. level?…..

  10. ytownjoe says: Mar 29, 2014 8:52 PM

    comments on this topic usually miss the point. The basic question is, do Americans have rights to a voice concerning their working conditions when engaged in a for profit enterprise?
    Or if they don’t like it should they quit? Is that what posters here do?

  11. artofmanning says: Mar 30, 2014 10:37 AM

    A lot of poster here seem to be missing a major point: College sports are a fraud. what are you watching…what are you rooting for?

    These “student athletes” aren’t real students. They were recruited to play sports, because of their talent at that particular sport, not because of their academic abilities. These student athletes did not meet the same admission requirements that a normal student does. That’s a dirty little secret that the NCAA doesn’t want publicised. If the teams were all made up of real students, the level of talent would noticibly drop off, and the revenues generated by TV, tickets etc. would fall off as well. It would be more like watching games in IVY league or the miltary academies, although I suspect even those institutions bend the rules.

    You enjoy watching the University of your choice, because they field good teams. The problem is, they field good teams, because they are perpetrating academic fraud. The fact is, the NFL and NBA should be financing minor league affiliates, just like MLB and the NHL do. These “student athletes” should be in minor league programs. What has happned is that the NCAA is in effect the minor leagues for the NFL and the NBA.
    These universities pay enormous sums of money for coaches facilities etc. Why do you suppose that is? They want to win. It brings in revenue. The alumi want to win. Everyone enjoys the Saturday football, everyone enjoys March madness etc. It’s fun to watch. The talent is amazing. But it’s a fraud. They aren’t real students. If you had to watch real students and there were NO sports scholarships….you’d quit watching.

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