In a closely-watched decision, a Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board ruled on March 26, 2014 that football players receiving scholarships at Northwestern University are “employees” and eligible to unionize. This landmark decision marks a potential change in Board law that could possibly alter the landscape of union organizing; at least regarding private colleges and universities. Higher Education institutions should be proactive and at least begin thinking about the many and varied issues presented by the Northwestern case as it percolates through the NLRB and court system.

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