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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Kain Colter
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips says college athletes need more than just a voice when it comes to issues that affect them. They need a vote.
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.
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.
Northwestern's Trevor Siemian said Wednesday it was wrong for former quarterback Kain Colter and other players to explore unionization without first taking their concerns to their coach and administrators.
Northwestern University athletes trying to unionize presented their case to lawmakers Wednesday after a federal agency said they have the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers.
Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective bargaining rights during meetings Wednesday with lawmakers, as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union.
When members of Northwestern's football team had the chance to sign union cards back in January, some players signed their names, others did not.
Stanford coach David Shaw is questioning what's behind the union movement by Northwestern football players, saying everything they are asking for is already being provided by most universities.
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.
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.
In a ruling that could revolutionize college sports, a federal agency has given football players at Northwestern University the green light to unionize.
A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that Northwestern football players could unionize. Does that mean some players will be able to organize and get better health care and academic support? Or does it spell the end of college sports as we know it? The AP takes a look at all sides of the issue.
Backers of an effort to unionize Northwestern University football players are praising a federal agency's landmark ruling.
Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald testified for three hours Friday about a push by his players to form the nation's first union for college athletes, sometimes putting himself awkwardly at odds with his senior quarterback.
Northwestern University officials on Thursday countered a quarterback's allegations that the program places athletics over academics, urging a federal agency to deny a bid by the school's football players to form the first college athletes' union in U.S. history.
"Areas of welfare and health and safety, those are the right kinds of things for us to be talking about," he said. "So I think there's some really good and positive residual that's occurred from the conversation about unionization."
"We're one step closer to a world where college athletes are not stuck with sports-related medical bills, do not lose their scholarships when they are injured, are not subject to unnecessary brain trauma and are given better opportunities to complete their degree," said former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who helped lead the effort with the help of the United Steelworkers.