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Northwestern players cast votes; waiting game begins

The votes have been submitted by Northwestern players voting on whether or not to form an official players union. The results of the vote will not be released until an appeal by Northwestern University is ruled on by the National Labor Relations Board. The waiting game has officially begun, with the fate of the players union in Evanston hanging in the balance.

The vote among football players was conducted in an on-campus hall by the football stadium. The ballot boxes were sealed once all of the votes had been submitted and now it is a question of when these votes will be counted and the outcome revealed. The results of the vote will not be confirmed and announced until after the NLRB makes a ruling on the appeal presented by Northwestern University. The school claims the ruling made by the regional office of the NLRB recognizing football players as employees of the university should be overturned because the players do not meet the qualifications made standard by the NLRB. If the appeal by the university is successful, the results of the vote by players will have no impact because players would no longer be ruled as employees of the school.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald has stated he hopes the players vote no on the union, and there is a thought that could be the result when the votes are tabulated. The university denies any involvement in attempting to persuade players eligible to vote against the union, but documents released by the university do bring to light a concern about a potential division in the locker room among scholarship athletes in the union and non-scholarship players and coaches.

“There is no question but that the presence of a union would add tension in terms of creating an `us’ versus `them’ feeling between the players it would represent and those it would not,” the document said, according to the Associated Press.

It is unknown how long the wait will drag on before knowing the results of this vote. It could be days, weeks or even months. So hang tight. We could be sitting on this for a while.

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7 Responses to “Northwestern players cast votes; waiting game begins”
  1. Professor Fate says: Apr 25, 2014 1:17 PM

    However this plays out I must say that these players getting to have a say in how things are run makes me feel better about forcing the NCAA to rethink their dictatorial methods.

  2. redsghost says: Apr 25, 2014 3:35 PM

    Stupid, stupid players. You DO know what’s next right? The Band players (on scholarship like the football players) will unionize . Baseball player as well. Basketball, hockey and soccer players are next. Cheerleaders on scholarship will unionize. You know those Wiz kids? You know, the one’s on Math, Science, Chemistry and Engineering scholarships. They’ll also be unionizing.
    Remember the approximately 3 million students every year that depend upon scholarships? Those will go away to make room for the “stars” mentioned above.
    Eventually, places of “higher learning” will no longer or I should be UNABLE to cater to average high school kids but only to the “special” celebrities. And the rich-poor gap gets wider.

  3. redsghost says: Apr 25, 2014 7:35 PM

    Three thumbs down, yet no one has yet to refute my opinion. Must’ve been three “athletes” who thumbed down.

  4. atahualpaoxford says: Apr 26, 2014 12:36 AM

    You probably think that Walmart workers should not unionize either…

  5. draconian1111 says: Apr 26, 2014 7:29 AM

    Okay Redsghost, I’ll refute your opinion:
    The whole talk of unionizing and being employees of the University is predicated on the FACT that the football programs of major universities make MILLIONS of dollars – hence, the players feel they are employees of the university.
    This doesn’t work for most, and nearly all other scholarship people in the university. Most other athletic programs actually lose money and are supplemented by the football program.
    Math, science, chemistry and engineering wiz kids? What money do they bring to the university beyond the value of their education (and mind you, Northwestern is a pretty expensive place to go to school).
    Cheerleading scholarships – ummm… that would be a unicorn.
    Refuted, but appreciate the challenge.

  6. redsghost says: Apr 26, 2014 5:33 PM

    atahualpaoxford says: Apr 26, 2014 12:36 AM

    You probably think that Walmart workers should not unionize either…

    Serious? If your MAIN income is a paycheck from Wal-mart (plus Gov’t handouts like food stamps, Section 8 housing etc), not only would a Union NOT help, but you took a seriously bad turn in your life. Get a CAREER not a job.

  7. redsghost says: Apr 26, 2014 5:41 PM

    Draconian1111- That’s your rebuttal? Colleges are making money? The Northwestern athletes were given approval to have a union because they claimed they were workers of the Univ. because they were “paid” (given scholarship). How many other students were “paid” with scholarships? Again, baseball, hockey, cheerleaders, band members, the Wiz kids.
    As for Wiz kids, you know these geniuses have made MILLIONS under patents for the colleges with their work and research.
    Again, say good-bye to scholarship to your neighbors kids, average high school graduates etc.
    Think, before you reply to me next time.

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