WUFT News

Northwestern University Athletes Can Unionize; SEC Disagrees

By on March 27th, 2014

When the Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on March 26 that student-athletes at Northwestern University can be considered employees of the university and therefore unionize, debate sparked about the widespread implications of the decision.

Northwestern issued a statement with intent to appeal to the full NLRB in Washington, D.C. to address the potential of adopting the ruling at the national level. Terry Combs, Tampa’s district’s assistant to the regional director, said as a federal agency, judicial rule would take some time before any results become concrete, which could possibly take up to a year.

Mary Howard, the University Athletic Association’s senior associate athletics director of communications, shared a statement prepared by the SEC regarding students seeking union status in an email:

“Notwithstanding today’s decision, the SEC does not believe that full time students participating in intercollegiate athletics are employees of the universities they attend,” the email read.

“We will continue to actively pursue increased support for student-athletes by seeking to modify the NCAA governance process to permit changes that are fair to student-athletes and also consistent with what we believe are the appropriate principles of amateurism.”

Tyler Cardillo, a former member of the UF men’s track and field team, said he understands both sides of the ruling.

The 21-year-old UF biology junior said while the university does an excellent job of accommodating its athletes, balancing school with the demands of dedication 10 to 20 hours per week a sport is overwhelming.

“Being an athlete here was a lot,” he said. “It was something I chose to do, but it’s literally like a job.”

After his freshman year, Cardillo left the team to focus on schoolwork. He said he might have reconsidered his decision if compensation was available.

According to the NCAA, $2 billion in athletic scholarships are awarded annually to 126,000 student-athletes at Division I and II schools.

 


This entry was posted in University of Florida and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in University of Florida

bert

After Months of Debate, ‘Bert the Bluff Oak’ Falls To Make Room for Building

The historic bluff oak tree on the University of Florida’s campus was torn down over one weekend, and now advocates are moving forward after the removal of the tree they tried to save.


University of Florida Trans Resource Network

UF’s Trans Resource Network Assists Students Through Institutional Collaboration

The Trans Resource Network is a cooperative mechanism for educating staff to work together in assisting transgender students at the University of Florida.


A student walks by an emergency phone station at the Hub. UF was chosen by the VTV Family Outreach Foundation as a model for campus safety in the nation.

University of Florida Among First To Use Online Safety Program

The families of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting victims created the VTV Family Outreach Foundation to help other colleges with campus safety. The University of Florida was one of the seven pilot schools.


Members of the University of Florida chapter of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are under investigation after spitting on and taking flags from wounded veterans. The students and veterans were in Panama City Beach when the incident occurred.

UF Zeta Beta Tau Members Speak Out After Conduct Hearings

The UF chapter of Zeta Beta Tau was suspended indefinitely after they were accused of disrespecting veterans while on a retreat in Panama City Beach this April. In student conduct hearings held July 6, the university found the fraternity in violation of at least three different sections of the Student Conduct Code.


ShanksGooden

Shots Fired Near UF Dorm: Two People In Custody

One person who was carrying a firearm is in police custody after shots were fired at a Murphree Hall parking lot, according to an alert sent out by the university. Police continue to look for two witnesses in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from campus.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments