NLRB to review Northwestern team’s union approval decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has granted Northwestern University’s request for review of the March 26, 2014, decision in 13-RC-121359 (see Payroll Management Guide Report Letter 1415/2349, dated April 1, 2014). The NLRB found that the University’s grant-in-aid scholarship football players are employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The election took place on April 25, 2014, but the ballots were impounded until the NLRB issues a decision affirming, modifying or reversing the original decision. The NLRB intends to issue a subsequent notice establishing a schedule for the filing of briefs on review and inviting amicus briefs, to afford the parties and interested amici the opportunity to address issues raised in this case. (NLRB Order and Release, April 24, 2014; Northwestern Request for Review April 9, 2014; College Athletes Players Association Response to Request for Review, April 16, 2014; http://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-grants-request-review-northwestern-university-athletes-case.)

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