The Debate About College Athletes as Employees Moves to the National Labor Relations Board

On January 28, 2014, players on the Northwestern University football team filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") seeking union representation. The petition is the first of its kind and, if successful, the Northwestern football team would be the first group of college...

The Wage-and-Hour Implications of the NLRB’s Northwestern Football Player Ruling

By now you’ve likely heard that yesterday a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern University’s scholarship athletes are “employees” of the university covered by, and entitled to organize under, the National Labor Relations Act [ an enhanced...

Northwestern University Football Players Can Unionize, Says NLRB

CHICAGO -- National Labor Relations Board Region 13 Director Peter Sung Ohr issued a decision yesterday in the case ( 13-RC-121359 ) brought by Northwestern University football players seeking to unionize, concluding that all grant-in-aid scholarship players for the football team who have not exhausted...

Student Athletes Could…Go…All…The…Way…to the Bank

On Wednesday, the Regional Director for the Chicago Region of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") ruled that football players receiving scholarships from Northwestern University are "employees" for the purpose of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"). This ruling...

Remember that Job You Had 11 Years Ago? Well Good News!

In 2003, CNN replaced its unionized subcontractor with a non-union labor force. Well, the NLRB ruled in part that CNN was a joint employer, violated the NLRA by failing to bargain over this reshuffling, and acted with anti-union animus. More importantly (to CNN at least), the NLRB ordered CNN to hire...