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Northwestern University football players vote on union

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 00:44

April 25 - Football players at Northwestern University cast their ballots on whether to be represented by a union, which would be the first in the U.S. for college athletes. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Football players at Northwestern University have become the first U.S. student athletes to vote on whether to join a union. The controversial vote took place Friday (April 25), following the National Labor Relations Board director's ruling that players are employees of the university, and therefore, should be allowed to unionize. However, the university, located near Chicago, is challenging the decision. The board said Thursday that it would hear Northwestern's appeal in Washington. "The ballots that were cast today have been impounded by the National Labor Relations Board. Those ballots will not be counted until that appeals process or review process is completed. Northwestern has asked for the review of the regional director's opinion and we're very pleased, obviously, that the full national relations board is going to do that review," said Alan Cubbage, VP of University Relations, at a news conference Friday. "We believe our students are students, not employees and that we don't believe unionization and collective bargaining are the appropriate methods," he added. Seventy-six football players on scholarship were invited to cast their ballots.

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Northwestern University football players vote on union

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 00:44