Later today, the House Education and Workforce Committee is set to hold a hearing regarding unionization in college sports. The hearing, of course, comes in the wake of the Northwestern University football team’s union election vote, which took place last month. The reader may recall that even though the vote was allowed to take place, the National Labor Relations Board has impounded the players’ votes pending a final decision concerning whether the athletes in question are truly “employees” subject to the NLRB’s jurisdiction.
Representative John Kline (R-MN), the Chair of today’s hearing, has made his views on the NLRB regional director’s findings clear.
“Classifying student athletes as employees threatens to fundamentally alter college sports,” he said in a statement last week announcing the hearing. He called the ruling “a radical departure from longstanding federal labor policies.”
More on the student/athlete unionization issue can be found here:
- US Senate hearing next week to include UNC-Chapel Hill academic scandal-News & Observer
- How does college sports solve the growing players movement?-CBSSports.com
- Senate Committee Plans Hearing on Welfare of Student Athletes-Chronicle of Higher Education ($$)