Northwestern Players Push For Labor Union

By: Andy Rives Email
By: Andy Rives Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Should college football players be considered employees?

Football players at Northwestern University have filed a petition asking to be represented by a labor union and to have collective bargaining rights with the NCAA.

The Northwestern players, along with the National College Players Association, are making the push as a means to attain more comprehensive medical care for athletes during and after their time playing football as well as larger scholarship amounts to cover all the expenses of a college education.

John Krall, with the Ritchie Law Firm P.L.C., thinks athletes can make a strong case.

"College athletes, who are making everybody rich. The universities, the coaches, the television networks, everybody is getting rich and these players are having really no input into how they are getting treated," said Krall.

As far as this happening at U Va. Virginia Tech, Krall said the fact that Virginia is a right to work state severely limits the power of any unions here it is foreseeable that could hurt our colleges' ability to recruit players.

If anything happens, it would be way down the road, for now, it is just something to keep watching.


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