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  • Hearing on athletes union worries activist May 8, 2014 6:57 AM
    A former linebacker leading the drive to form the nation's first union for college athletes said Wednesday he fears a congressional hearing could be a step toward legislative barriers that would thwart unionization. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Washington, D.C., before the House Education and the Workforce Committee.

     
  • NU tennis team roars into NCAA action May 2, 2014 5:19 PM
    The Northwestern women's tennis team used a big, enthusiastic crowd to defeat Michigan for the Big Ten championship last weekend. The Wildcats are hoping to get similar support next weekend when they host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

     
  • Historic day as Northwestern players vote on union Apr 25, 2014 6:24 PM
    In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months — perhaps even years — as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.

     
  • Historic day as Northwestern players vote on union Apr 25, 2014 6:14 PM
    In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. The results of the closely watched vote will not be known for some time. After two rounds of voting on this 19,000-student campus, the ballot boxes were sealed and will remain so for weeks, months, perhaps even years as the university challenges the effort to unionize the team.

     
  • Government to review athletes’ bid to unionize at Northwestern Apr 24, 2014 5:13 PM
    The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University’s request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining rights.

     
  • War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight Apr 17, 2014 7:23 PM
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes essentially are employees of the university and therefore have the right to unionize, bargain collectively and even strike.

     
  • NCAA will help athletes only if ordered Apr 13, 2014 8:32 AM
    What is fair for college athletes? Ask 100 people, get 100 different answers, ranging from give the players nothing, to pay them like professionals. Obviously, there's a reasonable answer somewhere in between. At the least, the result ought to be a seat at the table for the players bringing in billions for the NCAA and making millionaires of the men who coach them.

     
  • Northwestern players see push as spark for change Apr 12, 2014 7:29 PM
    No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports. The question is whether forming a union to bargain for better health insurance and work conditions is the right move for them. “This is a real issue that people brought up,” linebacker Collin Ellis said Saturday. “It shows the power that people could possibly attain. That in itself speaks volumes, and that in itself could be a catalyst for change — yet I feel not at the expense of what we have here.”

     
  • Northwestern QB says union push was rushed, wrong Apr 9, 2014 2:38 PM
    Northwestern’s Trevor Siemian says it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.

     
  • A long road ahead for college union Apr 8, 2014 5:10 PM
    While Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote later this month on whether to let the United Steelworkers represent them for better compensation, health insurance and work conditions, it could be years — if ever — before the union earns a spot at the bargaining table.

     
  • Make the NCAA start over? Good plan Apr 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    NCAA president Mark Emmert conducted a news conference Sunday at the site of the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four. Naturally, among the topics was the attempt to unionize football players at Northwestern. Media reports quoted Emmert as saying, “To convert to a unionized employee model is to throw away the entire collegiate model for athletics.” So there would be a problem with that?

     
  • Wildcats’ Fitzgerald urges ‘no’ vote on union Apr 5, 2014 5:40 PM
    Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: “I believe it’s in their best interests to vote no.”

     
  • Union says other college teams in play Apr 4, 2014 5:21 PM
    Players from other universities have expressed interest in forming unions in the wake of the landmark decision last week involving the Northwestern football team, a union organizer said Friday.

     
  • Final Four selections Apr 3, 2014 10:13 AM
    Final Four selections

     
  • Big names like Kaminsky keep leaving Illinois Apr 2, 2014 10:24 PM
    Frank Kaminsky, a product of Benet Academy in Lisle, has helped Wisconsin into the Final Four. That's as good an explanation as any for the sorry state of college basketball in the state of Illinois.

     
  • Agency sets date for Northwestern players union vote Apr 2, 2014 7:09 PM
    A federal agency says a date has been set for Northwestern football players to vote on authorizing a union to represent them in collective bargaining with the university. A spokesman for the National Labor Relations Board confirmed Wednesday that the vote is scheduled for April 25.

     
  • Union question looms as Northwestern practices Apr 1, 2014 6:29 PM
    Northwestern running back Venric Mark says he is not sure all his teammates who signed union cards in January realized the ramifications. Mark says some players signed, some did not. He wonders if those who did “knew what they were or if they thought it was going to turn out the way it did.”

     
  • The Soapbox Mar 29, 2014 5:00 AM
    With all that's wrong in the world, Daily Herald editors are able to look at the bright side on some local issues.

     
  • Family plays key role in Colter’s union push Mar 28, 2014 4:31 PM
    Kain Colter’s grandmother often spoke about rights and equality, values she brought home from her job managing an office of a Colorado law firm. Those conversations planted a seed for Colter, who would go on to become a quarterback at Northwestern University — and the face of an exploding movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain.

     
  • Colter: ‘We know what we’re doing’ with union idea Mar 27, 2014 8:43 PM
    Kain Colter is not completely sure what the landscape will one day look like if college athletes are allowed to unionize. He’s just more convinced than ever that it’s become necessary. The former Northwestern quarterback, now essentially the face of the movement that could completely reshape college sports, said Thursday that a federal agency’s decision to allow the Wildcats to form a union was an expected victory — but also represents just the first step in what he knows will be a lengthy process. “There’s so many different components,” Colter said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But what this does ... it ensures that players have a voice and whatever route this goes and whatever structure comes from college sports, we have input. We’re out there sacrificing so much. We’re a big part of what college sports is today and the revenue that’s generated off of it. We deserve to have a say in that. We deserve a seat at the table.” A two-page online letter that he wrote might have made it all happen. Colter, 21, wasn’t the first to question why athletes feel like their rights in college are limited, but it was an online rant that he sent to the National College Players Association that started the roll of this now-enormous snowball. From that note, an idea was born, and the notion got legitimized Wednesday when a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board said Northwestern’s players should be allowed to unionize. The university will appeal. Colter isn’t worried. “You saw how strong of a ruling it was and that we won every single claim,” Colter said. “It’s going to be something that’s really hard to overturn.” At the root of Colter’s argument for change is that he believes college athletes lack basic protections, such as the guarantee of medical coverage and the promise of a four-year scholarship at most institutions. It’s common for scholarships to be renewed annually, and athletes have long felt that they could be vulnerable in situations like a change in coaches or philosophy. He stresses, though, that he enjoyed his time at Northwestern. He raves about Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald, calling him the best in college football. His experience was not a bad one, but Colter still can’t understand why his attempts to talk to the NCAA about possible changes were repeatedly turned down. “You can have the best employer in the world and you still deserve basic protections and basic rights,” Colter said. “That’s what this is all about. ... It wasn’t a complaint. It wasn’t us filing this out of abuse or mistreatment or anything like that. This is what it is.” For that, he actually thanks Northwestern. “With any big change there’s going to be people who are unsure and it’s too much, we’re not going to be able to do this, we’re not going to be able to do that,” Colter said. “But at Northwestern, especially at Northwestern, I’ve been taught to think outside the box, be a great thinker, free thinker, be a leader, make change. That’s just what we’re doing. That’s what Northwestern prepared us to do, to tackle this challenge.” It would be very simple for the 6-foot, 190-pound Colter to just worry about himself right now. He accounted for 5,023 yards and 50 touchdowns — 18 passing, 28 rushing and four receiving — in his four years at Northwestern, and plans to try to make the NFL as a receiver. He’s not expected to be drafted, and if he gets picked it almost certainly won’t be until the latest rounds. He’s preparing for a pro shot at IMG Academy on the southwest coast of Florida, where he said his training regimen Thursday was “business as usual.” Which it was, except for a few rounds of interviews and having a car service get him to all the stops on his media tour of sorts. In between it all, he was working out, and he said football is his top priority — even with all this legal talk swirling around him. He insists, his group has a plan, and knows exactly how to proceed. “My father played, my uncle played, I’ve been around all their teammates and their friends,” Colter said. “I’ve seen the pitfalls in the system and I went through it. For me to represent those guys and almost make things right and hopefully change things for the future generations and leave the game better than I found it, I’m honored to do that.”

     
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