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Lengthy legal battle looms for college athletes seeking union protections

A day after football players at Northwestern University tentatively won the right to unionize, they and the Illinois school dug in for a lengthy legal and political battle that could reshape the multimillion-dollar sports business that U.S. colleges have built around unpaid amateur players. As politicians and college sports officials…

Northwestern Univ. football players allowed to seek union representation

(Reuters) – Northwestern University football players who get scholarships are school employees under federal law and can, therefore, pursue union representation, a U.S. labor agency decided on Wednesday in a move that has the potential to reshape college athletics. A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said…

Senate confirms full slate of labor board nominees

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Tuesday voted to confirm five nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, marking the first time in a decade that the bipartisan agency that oversees union elections and polices unfair labor practices has had a full Senate-confirmed slate of five members.…

Senate reaches tentative deal to stave off filibuster showdown

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reportedly reached a deal on Tuesday to avert a filibuster showdown in the Senate over the confirmation of nominees to head government agencies. According to the Washington Post, the deal, which Reid said will be finalized…

Supreme Court takes up challenge to Obama’s recess appointment power

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to rule on a president’s ability to fill vacant government positions without Senate confirmation, a decision that could overturn about 1,000 rulings issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Bloomberg News reported that the court will consider the suit by the Noel Corporation…

U.S. Appeals Court strikes down labor board’s ‘poster rule’

A three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. on Tuesday struck down National Labor Relations Board regulations that required workplaces to display a poster about worker’s federal rights. The NRLB issued new regulations in 2011 that required companies to inform employees about their rights to unionize…

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