Dartmouth’s Basketball Players File Petition To Unionize

The push by college sports players to unionize has come to an Ivy League school in New Hampshire.

The Athletic reports:

“Fifteen Dartmouth men’s basketball players are pursuing unionization, according to a petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board obtained by The Athletic on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The New England-based Local 560 chapter of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed the petition seeking an election to become the representative of the players, while excluding team managers and supervisors.
  • No decisions have been made regarding the petition or whether an election will be held.
  • This isn’t the first effort to form a union of college athletes, but it could be the first successful attempt. In 2015, Northwestern football players pushed to form a union, but their case was eventually dismissed by the NLRB.
  • There are also cases pending with the board related to college athletes; a November hearing is scheduled for a case related to the NLRB issuing a complaint against the NCAA, Pac-12 Conference and USC over unfair labor practices.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Athletic here.

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