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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Northwestern Football Players Win Bid To Unionize

Kain Colter (#2) led the Northwestern University football team's effort to win the right to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board granted the players' request yesterday. The university plans to appeal the decision. ((John Gress/Getty Images)

Kain Colter (#2) led the Northwestern University football team’s effort to unionize. The National Labor Relations Board granted the players’ request yesterday. The university plans to appeal the decision. (John Gress/Getty Images)

Northwestern University says it will appeal a ruling by the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board that will football players at the school form a union.

The NCAA and the Big Ten Conference, which Northwestern belongs to, criticized the decision.

But former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who led the effort to form a union, said he believes players are employees, and he is confident the remaining players at the university will vote to unionize.

Slate’s Mike Pesca joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the implications of the NLRB’s decision for college football.

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