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October 24, 2014, 5:17 am
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Ruling Says Northwestern Football Players Can Form A Union

In a ruling with enormous implications for college sports, a National Labor Relations Board official has ruled that Northwestern University football players are, in effect, employees of the school and are therefore free to unionize.


The players had sought the ruling, saying that their labors were a profit center for the university and that made them employees who should be able to bargain in areas affecting their "working conditions."  The school, along with the Big Ten conference and NCAA, had argued that students are fundamentally different than factory workers, for example.


Northwestern says it is disappointed in the ruling and plans to appeal.

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