Union Activity

Unions praise college football ruling. The United Steelworkers (USW) and the AFL-CIO issued statements of support shortly after a ruling from a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional director saying that scholarship football players at Northwestern University meet the definition of "employee" and are therefore eligible to form a union. "This ruling is a tremendous victory, not just for the athletes at Northwestern, but ultimately for all college athletes, many of whom generate tens of millions of dollars each year for their institutions, yet still are in constant danger of being out on the street with one accident or injury," USW International President Leo W. Gerard said after the March 26 ruling. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the decision "great news" and said it "affirms the basic principle that people who work hard deserve fair treatment." Northwestern University announced it would appeal the ruling, which applies only to private universities since the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) doesn't cover public universities. Read More...