Student-Athletes Draw NLRB Focus Afresh

by | Feb 24, 2022 | Education, NLRB

A new wrinkle greets the push for the NLRB to graduate student-athletes into employee status. That is to say, the National College Players Association’s executive director filed an unfair labor charge against the NCAA and multiple California universities to force the NLRB to include public university students within the employee-status question. If successful, this would open the door for these players to organize and collectively bargain, and NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo previously suggested that student-athletes are misclassified if they’re not considered employees.

Campus-based organization continues to see mixed results with Duke University press workers forming a union while MIT is declining to recognize a graduate-student union unless they see an independent election. And at Harvard University, infighting within the security guards’ union complicates ongoing contract negotiation, all while striking California College of the Arts Workers continue to bargain for their own contract.

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