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Northwestern union voting period expires

The deadline for Northwestern football players to cast their votes on whether or not to form a union has now officially expired. The deadline for votes to be submitted was at noon, central time. Of course, the results of the vote may not be known for some time depending on the status of a formal appeal filed by Northwestern University to the National Labor Relations Board.

The NLRB previously awarded Northwestern football players the right to hold a vote to form a union. A simple majority from the votes that were submitted by eligible scholarship football players is needed in order for the union to begin forming. It is not known exactly how many players chose to vote, but the outcome will be determined by whatever votes were submitted during the two separate voting periods on Friday. Players were given two windows to cast votes Friday morning, allowing more availability for conflicting schedules.

The results of the voting will not be revealed until after the NLRB listens to the appeal from the university and makes a ruling. If the NLRB decides to uphold the initial ruling, the outcome of the vote will determine the next step in the process. A simple majority in favor of a union will lead to the next step in the process, which involves coming up with a list of demands to bring to a bargaining table with the university, the employer. A majority vote against the union, which appears to have become a realistic possibility, would bring the Northwestern union movement to a close, while still leaving the door open for potential unions at other private colleges and universities.

When the NLRB ruling on the appeal will be made is uncertain, so for now the voting process hangs in limbo.

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8 Responses to “Northwestern union voting period expires”
  1. trapshoot says: Apr 25, 2014 3:27 PM

    Ridiculous!

  2. rfmist8 says: Apr 25, 2014 4:03 PM

    Would the NCAA be able to sign a 10 billion dollar contract with CBS to televise “March Madness” without the use of college players?

  3. onbucky96 says: Apr 25, 2014 5:41 PM

    Hope the players have cash on hand to pay their income taxes on their wages/benefits/scholarships if they voted yes.

  4. 6thsense10 says: Apr 25, 2014 7:07 PM

    So, yes, expansion of the playoffs would be a good thing. Here’s hoping the NFL ultimately can convince the NFLPA to go along with it without having to give up something more than the NFL is willing to sacrifice to make it happen
    ——————
    When I worked at a major phone company they had a tuition program that paid for any accredited degree upfront using a voucher system between the company and the school. I never had to pay a dime in taxes. When my brother was in graduate school he was employed as a teaching assistant and with his employment as a TA he also got to go to grad school for free. Again he wasn’t required to pay taxes on his education.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Apr 25, 2014 9:25 PM

    @ 6thsense10

    My employer has the same program and I’m currently using it to get another engineering degree. The reason you don’t have to taxes is, because the tuition/education program is a listed policy or program the company established for all employees, just like dental or vacation days. Also third party billing isn’t something the federal government or most universities are allowed to list as money you pay. If you don’t believe me try to include your tuition(paid by the company) on your tax return and see if it’s allowed.

    The difference here is football players would have to receive regular salaries and the tuition program would be a benefit of employment. The fact that the NFL has the exact same model in place for all players to me makes the Northwestern argument seem pointless.

  6. patrick33706 says: Apr 25, 2014 11:44 PM

    Does it not surprise anyone that that the ballots were taken away to be counted at a later time….shades of North Korea, Russia, Afghanistan, etc.

  7. GenXJay says: Apr 26, 2014 9:26 AM

    how much income will the chess club make?

  8. sportsguy3434 says: Apr 26, 2014 1:41 PM

    You don’t have to pay taxes because the benefit of income is offset by the expense of the education plus living expenses. If you get an extra $50k then Uncle Sam needs a word with you.

    Labor Unions will be the ones making money anyway.

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