Northwestern University student-athletes are ready to unionize, it is being reported.
Having filed a petition to the National Labor Relations Board requesting labor rights and CAPA representation, this is the first instance in college sports history of athletes asking to be represented by a labor union.
Ramogi Huma, President of the National College Players Association, filed a petition to the National Labor Relations Board and at the same time included union cards which had been signed by the majority of Northwestern's football players:
"This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table," the former UCLA linebacker told ESPN
Huma revealed that it was Northwestern's quarterback Kain Colter who came to him early in 2013 to discuss unionization.
Colter himself is keen to improve representation for players throughout he college game:
"We're interested in helping all the players - at USC, Stanford, Oklahoma State, everywhere.
"Right now the NCAA is like a dictatorship. No one represents us in negotiations. The only way things are going to change is if players have a union," he explained.
In order for the Labor Relations Board to consider a petition then at least 30% of the 'employees' must sign union cards. This means at least 26 of the 85 scholarship players had put there name to the movement.
The move has already drawn support from the NFLPA but it remains to be seen whether they will succeed, especially considering student-athletes are not currently considered employees by any legal body because they do not receive compensation or payment for their participation.
The group has scheduled a new conference Tuesday where the official creation of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) is set to be announced.
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