Will Olympic Athletes Unionize?
Silence is no longer golden. A meeting last week between the Athletes’ Advisory Council, made up of former Olympic competitors, and newly appointed U.S. Olympic Committee chief Sarah Hirshland hints that athletes are gearing up to assert their rights. Also in attendance was Donald Fehr, known for helping strengthen unionizing efforts involving the Major League Baseball Players Association.
What do they want? With international sports becoming ever more professionalized, athletes are seeking greater influence and a higher status within an organization they believe has long neglected them.
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