Jan 28 A new labor union is being formed for
U.S. college athletes, and football players at Northwestern
University in Chicago will announce on Tuesday they plan to join
it, said a statement from the College Athletes Players
An "overwhelming majority" of Northwestern's scholarship
football players have notified the U.S. National Labor Relations
Board (NLRB) that they are seeking representation with CAPA,
said the CAPA statement.
CAPA's founder and president is Ramogi Huma, a former
University of California-Los Angeles football player who
previously founded the National College Players Association
(NCPA) to advocate for college athletes.
The NCPA backed a first-of-its-kind law in California that
required colleges in the state who get more than $10 million
annually in sports media revenue to pay for athletes'
sports-related medical care, among other student protections.
CAPA's priorities will be to secure similar coverage for
current and former college athletes' sports-related medical
expenses, minimizing the risk of sports-related traumatic brain
injury and improving graduation rates, according to the group.
"These athletes generate billions of dollars per year that
pay coaches and athletic administrators multimillion-dollar
salaries," said Huma, who will appear in Chicago with the
players seeking representation, along with leaders of the United
Steelworkers union, for a Tuesday afternoon announcement.
The NLRB is a federal U.S. agency that oversees union
representation elections and polices unfair labor practices.
(Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Gunna Dickson)