In a short ruling issued Thursday, April 24, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) granted Northwestern University’s request for review of a regional director’s decision that Northwestern football players are primarily employees and therefore can be represented by a union. Readers will recall the extensive discussion triggered first by a petition for representation filed in late January by CAPA, the College Athletes Players Association. NLRB Regional Director Peter Ohr later found that the players were primarily employees and scheduled a union representation vote. The vote is set for today, April 25.
Northwestern was critical of the Regional Director’s findings and filed a petition asking the NLRB for a review (and reversal) of the decision. The NLRB granted the review. The NLRB determined that the ruling raised substantial issues that deserved a review by the NLRB. The vote will still occur. However, the results of the vote will not be made public until after the NLRB completes its review of the decision.