Northwestern Wildcats quarterback Trevor Siemian spent a lot of time with Kain Colter have plenty in common after spending the last couple years sharing time at quarterback and spending endless hours together watching film and working out, but the two have radically different opinions on the idea of forming a union.
The NLRB ruled in favor of Colter and Northwestern has the right to form a union, they’ll vote on April 25th whether to form or not, but Siemian is not of the same mindset of Colter and is opposed to the idea of a union in college athletics.
Siemain, a rising senior, expressed disappointment on a Wednesday conference call and wished any concerns were taken to head coach Pat Fitzgerald and/or athletic director Jim Phillips, according to ESPN Chicago.
“I’m treated far better than I deserve here,” Siemian said. “Introducing a third party or somebody else, especially when our main goals when this began … there were issues with the NCAA that we thought we could address, and [unionizing] was one of the ways to do it. Nothing had been exhausted from within the school. Myself included, nobody ever addressed Fitz or Dr. Phillips about these issues.
“Two of these guys that all of us have come here and trusted so much — I’ve known Coach Fitz five or six years now — to say I don’t trust you enough to help us out addressing these changes isn’t the right way to go.”
Northwestern officially appealed the decision by the National Labor Relations Board today that ruled that student-athletes meet criteria to be called employees and as such can bargain for medical coverage, a concussion expert on the sideline and better workplace conditions. Pay for play is not a consideration at this point.
Pat Fitzgerald has previously stated that he wishes his team would not vote in favor of having a union.
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