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12 May 2014 NLRB invites briefs in Northwestern football case

  As we have previously covered, the votes have already been cast in the controversial Northwestern football union election, but the outcome of the election will not be known for quite some time.  The election ballots have been impounded, pending resolution of Northwestern University’s appeal to the Board of the Regional Director’s decision that the scholarship football players are employees under the NLRA.   Today, the Board issued a briefing schedule for the parties and…

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24 Apr 2014 For Their Eyes Only: Northwestern to Limit Media Access at Union Polling Location

  Northwestern University has confirmed that no media will be allowed in the vicinity of the polling place on Friday but will be allowed to gather nearby in the event any of the players choose to be interviewed.  The polls will be open from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and again from 10 a.m. until noon Friday.   The University said it will have no comment until the vote has concluded which is consistent with the…

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23 Apr 2014 Northwestern Election Kicks Off This Friday

    Northwestern’s scholarship football players are set for an historic vote this Friday on whether they wish to join a union and be represented by the College Athletes Players Association as their sole and exclusive bargaining representative.   Peter Sung Ohr, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago, earlier this year, made the initial determination that the players who receive scholarship aid from the University are actually employees within the meaning…

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03 Apr 2014 Northwestern Union Election Date Set

  The NLRB has set April 25 as election day for the scholarship athletes on the Northwestern football team to vote on whether they wish to be represented by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA). That date could be postponed after Northwestern appeals the decision of the NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago to set CAPA’s petition for an election by the players. In that decision one week ago, the Regional Director ruled that he believed…

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28 Mar 2014 BTLabor Relations Blogger & Attorney Fields Questions on College Football Players Union Ruling

Want to know more about a recent decision by the NLRB’s Regional Director in Chicago that opens the door for Northwestern University’s college football players to unionize? Labor attorney and BTLabor Relations blogger Gerald Lutkus talked about what this decision means for private universities on a weekday sports radio show. Click here to hear what he had to say.   Gerald LutkusGerald F. (“Jerry”) Lutkus is a partner in the South Bend office of Barnes…

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26 Mar 2014 NLRB Directs Election at Northwestern – Scholarship Football Players are Employees

The Region 13 Director of the NLRB  directed today that an election be held at Northwestern University to determine if the  scholarship athletes that play football at the University wish to be represented by a Union.   In coming to that decision, Regional Director concluded that the scholarships athletes receive compensation from the university for the performance of athletic services and as such are employees.  The Director’s ruling, a copy of which is available here,…

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21 Mar 2014 Football is a “Year-round Gig”: The Briefs are in on Unionizing College Athletes

The parties have now submitted briefing on the question of whether the College Athletes Players Association (“CAPA”) can organize a bargaining unit comprised of Northwestern University college football players and students.  Specifically the briefs, which can be accessed here and here, debate whether CAPA is an appropriate labor representative and whether the students are actually employees within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act.   CAPA’s brief argues that the students “perform valuable services…

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