Public Opinion Against Paying College Athletes, Poll Finds: Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports that findings in a recent poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post reveal that almost two-thirds of the general public oppose paying college athletes more money than the scholarships they are currently offered. The numbers will be a boost to the NCAA, which is currently in the midst of a long public relations campaign on the issue.
“We have long heard from fans that there is little support for turning student-athletes into paid employees of their universities,” [NCAA President Mark] Emmert said in a statement. “The overwhelming majority of student-athletes, across all sports, play college athletics as part of their educational experience and for the love of their sport — not to be paid a salary.”
Detractors, however, call the NCAA’s current model "laughable," noting that major sports such as Basketball and Football can earn a school millions of dollars a year. Currently, Northwestern’s football players are attempting to form a labor union, which could lead to salaries for the players should they succeed. We will keep you posted on any developments.
Port Drivers Have Right To Form Union: Dave Jamieson of the Huffington Post writes that Pacific 9 Transportation in Carson, CA has settled an unfair labor practice charge with the Teamsters. As part of the settlement, the company will hang a notice that states that its port truck drivers have the right to form a labor union. The settlement is of interest to the labor relations community because, despite the notice, the drivers are still termed "independent contractors." With the unfair labor practice charge now settled, both sides are looking to get back to work. However, union activists are hoping the settlement will be a springboard to a union election petition. We will keep you up to date on any further developments here.
UAW/VW Election Hearing Set For April 21: The Times Free Press reports that the National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing on April 21 concerning the United Auto Workers’ request to throw out the election results at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant. The hearing had been tentatively scheduled for April 7 in Chattanooga. While a location is yet to be set, the date of April 21 is now confirmed. We will be watching this hearing very closely and will be sure to keep you in the know.