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Are Unions Coming To College Football?

Are Unions Coming To College Football?


unions making a comeback in america may
be at the NCAA I don’t know it’s a college
football I’ll the the National Labor Relations Board as a
proved approved a petition from a group Northwestern University football players
who said that they wanted to form a union that they’re actually employers up north with her employees rather of
Northwestern University the University controls the hours that
they work its its the hours of a full time job
they controller conditions in the terms and
the place in beat basically need all the definitions other employees now so far they’re not
asking for money in fact we don’t know what they might be asking for in fact so far they haven’t formed a union but
they have the right to begin the process which can be an
arduous process and then if they get on their
speculation that perhaps I’ll be looking for things like health care who knows but James shirk a is with us he is a senior policy
analyst in labor economics at the Heritage Foundation heritage .org
and I’m curious a james walker the program
thank you I’m curious your take on this other than you know well well I don’t wanna before
Easter what’s your take well i i think the the
notion of unionizing college sports is pretty absurd I think it would devastate the sport as
we’ve known it and it would just be an absolute mess
said operation that’s a big business I mean you’ve got you’ve got a college
he YouTube back forty years ago you had college up a coaches who are making thirty five and
forty thousand dollars a year now you get coaches were making millions
you know i i do agree the NCAA ought not be allowed to Airtel
colleges have a caterpillar players these players bring in millions for the
schools and if they want to sign a license for deals here with that
accompanies her schools willing to why is Beckham salary
to white planter tame they are not be allowed to forget that I
i agree that it’s pretty absurd that they say that the this athlete to bring in millions tens
of millions and in some cases are for this course check a common set
at I just don’t think that we are you not in college sports we’ll
just make a a massive think so let me get this straight you agree that their employees I agree
that day if they want to license their image I agree that if they want to ago he okay
if a a college is willing to pay them call it
ought to be allowed to be right so you agree that their employees but you don’t
think employers should have the right to unionize well I think that if you take a look at
the noob jurisdiction they only cover up private sector
workers so anyone in the state school wouldn’t qualify and anyone under this
interpretation because I get a scholarship also doesn’t
qualify I think unionizing you know what would that be a
third or so up the the players in college sports
while the other two thirds would not pay on top of which you isn’t women is
Northwestern State School so it’s not surprising school now to
alleviate they would have no jurisdiction if this were a state school ice so
Michigan so northwestern to do it but I miss you can’t exactly copy in my I’m a Michigan fan and you it was operating loss but do
that said they would not be eligible as change the
NLRB rules but you that would take an active a congress here the the board really has
no what jurisdiction there AM I think I even beyond that the notion
I mean are you gonna have to you gonna do you
want a third the team’s ears are going on strike before a march madness starts are you going to have your college
student if that’s what it takes for them to get treated fairly yeah i think is another route to that
said there’s an antitrust lawsuit being waged against the and CIA right
now as we speak and also check out but I i think a
pretty good reading under antitrust law would be that there are not allowed to
tell the college’s they can compensate the workers well big league football has an
exemption from the NFL has an exemption from antitrust
in a I NFL dozen see it is not right channel there’s there’s no cover
up for them I I think the the way to deal with this is yet just allow this in a lawsuit to
proceed and then we will see what happens but I
haven’t got a strong case that it’s it’s acting like a monopoly
and you get rid of their professional competition workers and I i think a lot of grievances
they’re being erased a IR legitimate grievances and that would be softer when that
happens I just don’t think I unionist the best answer I for these players just be cuz in general
you don’t like unions because unions often create a more
problems SIAM added you take a look what happened to a major league baseball when you have to. the strike in the mid
90’s writer NFL lead with a player strikes ever driven a whale of a the audience from the sports that I
don’t think so most players strikes have done a lot for the players and those
players used to be badly abused well I would do
much better now if you take a look at the be heading
over audience may attend into the game satellite I for the the overall game II NFL is
doing great come on and and not only that the NFL is I mean you know talk about socialism the
this is the most socialist institution the United States who who gets first two draft pick every
year I V the team why I mean like I I don’t
think you ought to have an antitrust exemption for reference FL and I i think the notion agree with you
on that nonprofit is I is frankly quite absurd and taxpayer
dollars certainly should not be subsidizing the construction of I at the stadium some and thereafter
profitable industry and they are not be coming out and why
should george bush makes make forty million bucks on a seven hundred
thousand dollar investment just by basically hustling a city I mean this is
you’ve got owners are way here here’s another thing that
really blows my you know I I think the Packers are the
only reasonable model in the entire country where you’ve got basically the
community owning the team that was originally
meatpackers Union and but but everyplace else in the country
it’s like you gotta find a billionaire on Team this makes no sense to me no I mean it’s
well what I find it again do you look at Minnesota we’ve got a are they the teams coming to the
legislature in saying we want a new stadium you give us more tax dollars to me
that’s you these are are quite profitable teams after can %ah
profitable why should the taxpayers who won and you
have to cough up more in terms of the property taxes are the shelves stacked a
pompous I mean it’s it’s it’s a kinda cronyism
that there really are so let’s do away with the antitrust exemption for the NFL and lots change the rules so that so that local communities can buy the teams that are in their communities
and and that way you’re not gonna have you
know billionaires plane towns of you know hey you know brooklyn if you’re
giving you stay on wanna go to Los Angeles way if by local communities you mean
individual some of the the city government yeah I don’t think advocates are talking
about you know if you know if we’ve got we’ve got people all over Green Bay who
owns you know if they’ve been passing the
stock down their family for four generations now by all means go for I
think that’s a a great model I i have friends to his family on the
attacker shock in there they’re never going to sell that never
profit and I i think here that’s a much better model than the taxpayers controlled want you
cough up money in order to what up on the site you in many cases quite profitable
franchises right so beaten so back to the back to
Northwestern University in essence your argument is these guys are employees they should
they do have legitimate grievances that should be addressed just not via the former union why I
wouldn’t I know I right now I’m not sure if you can be a
qualified the the scholarship is being employed I wouldn’t quite the thing about my I
think the school ought to be allowed to if you can recruit someone and you say
we offer them fifty thousand 100000 here don’t know %uh plan to
college basketball team because they’re good player by all means
the workers here they’ve players are free want to describe it
they ought to be allowed to take that money for any and they and their face I mean
that you know it they’re facing career-ending injuries every day so if
chocolate and for you know what 9890 why shouldn’t
they be able to be represented by a democratic institution in unions are
the last democratic institution in the workplace in america why shouldn’t they be able to have a
democracy that their part i’ma if they want to have a players
association but the the notion of going on strike to say get
you know what’s up earlier a clear glass towers are little later class start not I’m sorry hey are you you better
dorms but the employers can do that employers complain it kinda games they
want they can they can fire people they can they could they could change to i mean
they typically wouldn’t cuz it would be in their best interest but basically the employers have all the
power why are you opposed to the workers having
power the power of other than that it might inconvenience you as a fan now they will let the tire the power
they ought to have to get rid of this cartel it’s a get rid of the NCAA’s ability to
tell the workers to camp are the players are again
everyone has cratered was initiated the anti-trust right I
action little that I don’t know a lawsuit I
have to take a look at that at the James sure been talking with
senior policy analyst labor economics the heritage foundation thank you for
being with us thank you 30 shot world

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