Players' bid to form college athletes union subject of federal hearing

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

The National Labor Relations Board is holding a hearing in Chicago Wednesday to review the question: are college athletes employees or not?

The federal agency's approval is necessary for the College Athletes Players' Association to move forward in its bid to become the first union for college athletes. The CAPA's movement is being spearheaded by Northwestern football players and just-graduated Wildcat quarterback Kain Colter.

The NCAA and the Big Ten have argued that college athletes do not meet the legal definition of employees, and in turn do not have the legal right to unionize.

Per the Associated Press, United Steelworkers is paying the legal bills necessary for the CAPA -- currently the National College Players Association -- to make its argument before the NLRB. The NCPA filed its petition with the agency in January.

If approved, Colter said the CAPA would give athletes the ability to more successfully lobby for multi-year scholarships, greater player safety, and increased medical coverage.

"A lot of people will think this is all about money; it's not," Colter told the Chicago Tribune after the January announcement. "We're asking for a seat at the table to get our voice heard."

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

College Football Video

April 24, 2015
College Football National Championship Odds (0:35)
April 23, 2015
Study: UAB was 'ill-advised' to cut football, bowling, rifle
April 21, 2015
UAB Football update
April 21, 2015
What should the Golden Bears do?


Most Popular Shop

Men's New Era Red Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2015 NFL Draft On-Stage 59FIFTY Fitted Hat

2015 NFL Draft Day Hats
Get your team today
Shop Now