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21 May 2014 North Carolina Public Employee Union Votes to Allow College Athletes to Join

  ESPN is reporting that “the State Employees Association of North Carolina’s governing board voted Friday to open the group’s membership to athletes at the state’s 17 public campuses, which would include Atlantic Coast Conference members North Carolina and North Carolina State.”  It was unclear whether this move would open the doors to SEANC actually bargaining on behalf of any public university athletes who decided to join.  A union spokesperson said, “What the group has…

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13 May 2014 Board invites briefs on joint employer standard

  The NLRB continued to signal its intent to review and consider overturning established precedent with another call for briefs issued yesterday.  In its most recent request, the Board invited briefs from interested parties on the issue of joint employer status under the NLRA.  Under the Board’s current precedent (as stated in TLI, Inc., 271 NLRB 798 (1984)), joint employer status is based on whether each entity meaningfully affects employees’ terms and conditions of employment. …

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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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08 Apr 2014 Could the Players Simply Say No?

  Perhaps the worm has started to turn on the Northwestern University football union saga.  According to published reports in Chicago, some of the senior leaders of the Northwestern football team have started to come out against voting in favor of union representation.   The Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press have reported this week that Pat Fitzgerald at Northwestern had a pretty public meeting with the players last week at the end of practice…

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