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NLRB won't allow Northwestern football players to form union

The National Labor Relations Board ruled today that Northwestern can’t form a union. [ MORE: Northwestern, Pat Fitzgerald react to NLRB ruling ] The decision by the NLRB reverses a regional director’s decision that Northwestern’s players had the right to unionize. It is a blow to the College Athletes Players Association, which was behind the players’ push. “I am proud of our guys for working through the process,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told me after practice. “Something like this can drive a wedge into a team or draw it closer. I think it brought us closer. We now can move

Northwestern reacts to NLRB ruling that football team can't form union

Northwestern released a statement Monday in response to the National Labor Relations Board ruling that the football team cannot form a union. Read full statement below: Northwestern University is pleased by today’s decision issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which declined to assert jurisdiction and dismisses a petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association seeking to become the collective bargaining representative of Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships. Because the NLRB declined to assert jurisdiction in the case and dismissed the petition, the union election held in April 2014 is moot and the votes of

Video: NU 'prepares student-athletes for life'

Union talks have put Northwestern in the news the last few months. The school didn’t expect it and it didn’t want it. In an effort to show its student-athletes are just that – student-athletes – the school posted an Instagram video that features WR Tony Jones spinning a football and then a book while wearing team gear. Jones then tosses the book in the air, spins and catches a work bag while donning a suit. [ MORE: Video: Chris Collins sings “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” ] Here’s the text to the tweet @NU_Sports tweeted out with the video:

Northwestern players vote on union question

In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes – a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. “You got to give the people what they want!” one of the players shouted at reporters, who were kept away from the players as they entered a campus building to vote. Some waved and another busted out dance moves. [ MORE: Read all of our unionization coverage ] Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will

Northwestern union vote coming up on Friday

To unionize or not to unionize. That’s what Northwestern players will vote on Friday in what could be a watershed event in the annals of college sports. Many have speculated that the players will reject the union, based on some public comments by a few Wildcats and the fact Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald has spoken out against it and has counseled players that a union isn’t in their best interest. [ MORE: Trevor Siemian says union push was rushed, wrong ] But we shall see. This all came front and center in March, when a regional director of the National

College sports could step into future on Thursday

On Thursday, the NCAA Board of Directors is expected to OK a new model of how its organization is run. Bottom line: major changes appear to be coming, as it appears the NCAA is trying to get a lot of this done to thwart multiple lawsuits vs. the Indianapolis institution and also to unplug the union movement. A big anticipated change: The five power conferences are expected to be given autonomy from other leagues. [ MORE: BTN/BTN2Go announces 2014 prime-time football schedule ] What’s it mean? The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac 12 would basically be able

Trevor Siemian says union push was rushed, wrong

(AP) Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators. A regional director for the National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for Northwestern’s scholarship football players to vote April 25 on whether to form what would be the nation’s first union for college athletes. Coach Pat Fitzgerald has told his players to vote against the union. Colter is leading the effort to unionize the players. Siemian, his replacement at quarterback, opposes the move and said Wednesday he has been

Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald talks unionization efforts

Northwestern had anything but a typical offseason. The unionization efforts, spearheaded by former star QB Kain Colter, was something few people saw coming, especially at a place like Northwestern. The efforts not only happened, the National Labor Relations Board recently ruled in favor of the players, stating that student-athletes are employees. [ MORE: AP: Fitzgerald urges ‘no’ vote on union ] Northwestern said it plans to appeal the ruling and has until April 9 to do so. Another important date: April 25, the day Northwestern players vote on whether to continue to pursue unionization. BTN caught up with Pat Fitzgerald

Dienhart: NLRB's ruling is 'a bit surprising'

It was a bit surprising to see that the National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that football players who receive scholarships are employees. NLRB directed that a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the football players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association for purposes of collective bargaining with Northwestern. Northwestern’s vice president for university relations Alan Cubbage issued a statement today stressing the school’s disappointment with the decision. “While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it. Northwestern believes strongly that our student-athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization

NU responds to ruling players are employees

Northwestern University is disappointed by today’s ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board finding that Northwestern University’s football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships are employees and directing that a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the football players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association for purposes of collective bargaining with Northwestern University. [ MORE: Dienhart: NLRB’s ruling is ‘a bit surprising’ ] While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it. Northwestern believes strongly that our student-athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective