Briefs Filed In Northwestern Football RowBill Donahue of Law360 ($$) writes that this past week, both the Northwestern Football Players and the University submitted briefs to the National Labor Relations Board regarding whether the players should be allowed to hold a union election under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Act.  The players, represented by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA), filed their election petition on January 28 of this year.  Their brief provides that the players are subject to the school’s control, so they should be considered to be employees.  

“This case involves an industry with which the board has not yet dealt — Division I football — but presents questions that have arisen in many industries and that are governed by well-established board law,” the players said. “If the employee provides services for and at the direction of the employer and is compensated for doing so, the employee is an employee and is entitled to the rights and protections of the act.”

The school’s brief, on the other hand, argued that its relationship with the players was primarily academic, as opposed to economic, which should preclude the Board from finding the players to be employees.  Keep watching @LRToday because we will bring you an update as soon as a ruling is issued.

Sen. Corker Reinserts Himself Into VW/UAW DisputeMike Pare of the Times Free Press writes 
that yesterday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) stated that Volkswagen will not finalize its plans to bring a new SUV production line to Chattanooga until the election dispute with the United Auto Workers is resolved.  

"We had a VW representative in our office last week. They made us aware that until the clouds disappear, a decision likely won’t be made," he said after speaking to the downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club.

Corker further stated that a possible hearing on the propriety of the election results would tentatively take place April 7, but could be moved back to April 21 if need be.  In his comments, Corker also took a shot at the UAW, alleging that the union was trying to "muzzle elected officials and prevent them from weighing in on issues of critical importance to communities they represent." 

MLS Refs Reach Deal To End LockoutThe Associated Press reports that yesterday, the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced that it had reached an agreement with the Professional Soccer Referee Association (PRSA) over a five-year labor deal for Major League Soccer’s referees.  The deal, the first collective bargaining agreement for MLS’s refs, ends a two week lockout that saw the League make use of replacement referees.  While terms of the agreement have not been released, officials have intimated that it contains a number of work rule protections, as well as better compensation for the officials.

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