Next week, the Republican-controlled House Committee on Education and the Workforce will hold a hearing to investigate the consequences of “Unionizing Student Athletes.”  The hearing was called in response to last week’s union election at Northwestern University.  While the votes in that election will be impounded until the full National Labor Relations Board decides whether Northwestern’s football players are truly employees, the initial decision to allow a vote to move forward has caused quite a stir.  In fact, Committee Chair John Kline (R-MN) characterized the move as “a radical departure from longstanding federal policies.” 

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