Labor Board: Northwestern University Football Players Can Unionize

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Maine v Northwestern

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CHICAGO (CNN, March 26, 2014) — The National Labor Relations Board in Chicago has ruled that football players at Northwestern University are employees and can unionize, the school said Wednesday.

The ruling has not yet been posted to the National Labor Relations Board website, but in a statement, Northwestern acknowledged the ruling and says it plans to appeal.

Northwestern fought the petition by saying its players are students, not employees.

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