A very hot topic and issue in the world of college football is whether or not players should have a labor union, using the basis and guidelines of the united steelworkers union. There are two very different sides of this argument and whether or not it should be put into full force. Do college football players really need a player’s labor union? Kain Colter and several former Northwestern football players firmly believe that they should. This select group, of highly educated Northwestern graduates, is in hot pursuit of forming a player’s labor union. Their motive is to try and gain more rights and benefits for the college football player.
On Tuesday February 18th former Northwestern quarterback, Cain Kolter, testified at a National Labor Relations Board meeting (Tom Ferry). Colter testified that player’s, at the division one level of athletics, deserve and need a labor union (ESPN.com). Colter testified for this because he feels strongly that particularly college football players are being treated very poorly and are not given enough benefits and rights. Colter testified that players adhere to sometimes-grueling schedules, putting in 40-50 hour weeks on football, before the season (ESPN.com). “It’s a job there is no way around it” (Kain Colter). This Colter led bid, is supported by the United Steelworkers (ESPN.com). With the United Steelworkers by Colter’s side, he is hoping that they can give him the credibility and resources he would need to gain this players labor union. As well as, help set the guidelines of the union.
Kain Colter’s attorney John Adam stated, “Being a football player at northwestern is hard work. And make no mistake, it is work, the wildcats players earn their “compensation” with blood, sweat, and tears...
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...what they believe is a necessity, and many are still proving that it is not needed for college athletes.
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