A group of Northwestern football players have made a move to form a labor union for collegiate athletes.
ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported today that Ramogi Huma, the president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition at the office of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago.
“This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table,” Huma told the network. “Athletes deserve an equal voice when it comes to their physical, academic and financial protections.”
Several UGA football players tweeted their support of the move.
I like what the Northwestern players are doing!!!!
— Keith Marshall (@Truthh4) January 28, 2014
Definitely joining the union
— brandon kublanow (@brandonkublanow) January 28, 2014
Quarterback Kain Colter contacted Huma last spring about representing college athletes. Huma, a former linebacker at UCLA, started the National College Players Association as an advocacy group in 2001, according to “OTL.”
More from the story:
“In a Sept. 21 game against Maine, Colter wore a black wristband with the hashtag “#APU” — All Players United — prominently scrawled in white marker as part of a quiet protest gesture. He was joined that day by about 10 teammates as well as players at Georgia and Georgia Tech. In all, players on seven teams in the five largest conferences displayed the #APU symbol, according to the NCPA.”
Colter needs at least 26 of Northwestern’s 85 scholarship football players to be on board because “at least 30 percent of the members of a group serving an employer must sign union cards,” according to the article.
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