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UToledo law professor addresses student-athlete rights

The Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Wednesday that Northwestern University football players qualify as employees and have the right to unionize.

This ruling goes beyond paychecks for the athletes according to Dr. Joseph Slater, a professor at The University of Toledo College of Law, who has been a leading voice regarding Labor and Employment Law.

“The ruling could also mean coverage under other laws,” Slater said. “If they are employees under the National Labor Relations Act, they could be employees for the purposes of worker’s compensation laws and other labor employment laws.”

The right for student-athletes to unionize will affect other universities differently, since laws differ for public and private institutions, Slater added.

Contact Aimee Portala at 419.262.4185 to schedule an interview with Slater.


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