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Union organizer says interest in college players union is spreading

Kain Colter AP

The progress made by Northwestern football players so far in their push to form a union has not gone unnoticed around the country. According to a union spokesman, players from multiple unnamed universities have been in contact about the possibility of following in the steps of Northwestern’s players.

”We’re not giving out who it is or who they are, but the answer is yes,” said Tim Waters of the United Steelworkers, according to the Associated Press. The United Steelworkers backed the players union development at Northwestern . ”There’s a lot of excitement out there. We’ve been contacted by a number of players.”

Players at Miami are certainly paying attention to what is going on at Northwestern. Some players have expressed an interest in planning to form a union if the developments at Northwestern continue to show promise of a union. Of course, there is still a long way for the Northwestern players to go before forming the first college players union in the country.

Last week a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled in favor of the Northwestern players, stating they should be recognized by Northwestern University as employees, giving them the right to unionize. Northwestern University has already made the decision to challenge the ruling. A vote among Northwestern football players has also been set to determine if they will formally unionize.

”It’s a process, a long process. But leaders of teams across the country have reached out and said we support it and are interested in looking at this for our team.”

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11 Responses to “Union organizer says interest in college players union is spreading”
  1. mtheparrothead says: Apr 4, 2014 9:21 PM

    And with the players beat interests in mind I’m sure. I mean who wouldn’t want to be organized under the same leaders who manage hotel maids, postal workers, and bus drivers?

  2. mcjon22 says: Apr 4, 2014 10:03 PM

    Daaaakknnessss!! Everybody, daaarknesss is spreading!!

    Rick James via Dave Chappell

  3. thefiesty1 says: Apr 4, 2014 10:45 PM

    And they’ll all go on strike and not play because some stupid union rep told them it is the right thing to do.

  4. thetigerleg says: Apr 5, 2014 12:00 AM

    A circular firing squad around Title IX.

  5. steeler1nation says: Apr 5, 2014 1:43 AM

    What a low-life community agitator

  6. itsinthebagbud says: Apr 5, 2014 4:41 AM

    If unions are allowed, college football and college sports will never be the same. It will be a disaster; just watch when a team goes on strike what happens to the whole idea of college spirit!!

    Return the unions favor Colleges – Make every interested player wishing a scholarship to sign off on unions before they are considered!! We know that 70% of the nation polled are against such a scummy idea.

    Unions: Stay away from the amateur spirit – you know that unions are slowly becoming passé and using the colleges to get attention will get you nowhere!!

    Students all over – Stand up and protect the College Spirit!!!

  7. Professor Fate says: Apr 5, 2014 12:48 PM

    The doomsayers are crawling out in droves. Almost all change is difficult at first, not least due to people who must be dragged into the future kicking and screaming simply because they resist change. Often the potential for positive change that vastly improves the situation is ignored in the knee-jerk negative reaction to any change at all.

    A lot of the needless histrionics seem to be driven by the selfishness of fans who immediately jump to the conclusion that college football will follow major professional sports into the land of lock-outs, strikes, and other stoppages. It isn’t about whether or not the players are being taken advantage of, but rather about the possibility that the beloved game might be interrupted by those inconvenient, inconsiderate attempts at fairness.

    You may think the situation looks equitable enough from your biased viewpoint as a fan (“They’re gettin’ a free education, the ingrates!”), but the participants feel otherwise. Never underestimate the impact of young idealists who think they’re getting the short end of the stick.

    Yeah, I’d miss games on fall Saturdays, too, if a protracted dispute actually got as far as a strike (or a lockout; don’t forget the blade cuts both ways), but I also wouldn’t forget that progress often requires a little pain and inconvenience.

    The current model of college football is unsustainable. Ignoring the growing clamor is not an option. The longer the NCAA resists moving to a more equitable solution the higher the impact will be on the game. Better to get it fixed now than to emulate government and just kick the can down the road.

  8. dryzzt23 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:10 PM

    “equitable solution”? Really? For whom?
    Players get a FREE college education, normal students pay tens of thousands for the same education, where is the “equitable solution” for those students?

    College football players KNOW the deal when they sign their LOI. The non-athletic students subsidize the costs for the athletic “students” yet it is the athletic “students” who get all the pity?

    I am 100% against any college football player union since it will drive up costs for everyone and will only line the pockets of union bosses and their thugs.

  9. dryzzt23 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:14 PM

    This union “organizer” will use the pro-union media to create the perception that “everyone is in favor” of a college football player union.
    This is not the case at all and of course the pro-union media will never report on the other side of the story, about how costs will be driven up for everyone (except those affiliated with the union of course) and teen college football players will be able to commit crimes at all and be protected from losing their “free ride” solely b/c they “pay” union dues.

  10. imaduffer says: Apr 5, 2014 1:54 PM

    The University of Wal-Mart won’t be unionized.

  11. coloradofort says: Apr 5, 2014 1:57 PM


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