Published on April 18, 2014
Northwestern University Initiated the Unionization Northwestern University helped to address the issue of whether or not college athletes who receive scholarships for sports could be permitted to form a union. After many debates, hearings, and public discussions, a decision was finally reached but there are many different opinions present throughout all of the arguments seen.
The Purpose of a Union It has been debated that students who are strictly attending the college with a sports scholarship may be considered employees of the university where they attend.
The NLRB Allows Union Formation The National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, is the organization that ultimately the decision that made it possible for students to form their union. It has been decided that the athletes who bring in revenue that helps many programs should be able to play their sports with the knowledge that any injuries incurred because of sports will be taken care of properly and medical bills will not be an issue.
NCAA Disagrees with Final Decision NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) disagreed strongly with the decision. It does not consider student-athletes to be employees of their school and say that athletes are there to improve their lives, enjoy their sports, and continue with their academic career. Although the president of the NCAA has pushed for some changes to be made and suggested stipends to the players, the organization does not agree with the decision that these athletes are employees of their schools.
Opinion of Players Many students feel that the union is important because it will help them afford proper medical care after an injury. Other individuals are there because they enjoy the sport and are not looking for anything more; they do not consider themselves employees of the school.
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