Last week the National Labor Relations Board set a precedent when they ruled that former Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter and other Northwestern football players had the right to form a labor union after being classified as employees.
The vote from Northwestern players will take place later this month on April 25 on whether they want to be represented by such a union, Peter Sung Ohr, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, said on Wednesday per The Chicago Tribune:
“For the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) to have the legal right to bargain on the players’ behalf with the university, the majority of the 76 football players eligible to vote would have to side with the union. Those eligible represent about three-quarters of Northwestern’s total roster.”
“The election could be delayed if the NLRB in Washington accepts the request before April 25, but that’s unlikely. After the election takes place, the ballots will be kept secret for a time, so the result won’t immediately be known.”
Northwestern is demanding medical coverage for sports-related injuries, an independent concussion expert to be on the sidelines during games and a support system to be put in place to help former athletes complete their degree and is not seeking a “pay-for-play” deal.