Congress hears concerns about student- athletes’ move to unionization

Unionization of college athletes appears to have many unintended consequences.

Members of Congress had many questions on May 8 about the recent ruling, which allowed college football players at Northwestern University to form a union.

The hearing held by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce comes after Peter Sung Ohr, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), ruled football players at Northwestern University are “employees” of the school for the purpose of collective bargaining. The full NLRB will review the decision. Players' ballots on whether to form a union have been impounded awaiting a decision from the full NLRB.

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