College Football Players Seek to Unionize for Health Benefits
They work more than 40 hours a week, exert their bodies to the limit, and take brutal hits to make billions for their industry — but they don’t get health insurance, workmen’s compensation or pensions. For the first time in college sports history, football players at Northwestern are petitioning for union representation in order to fight for health benefits and protections for student athletes, including after graduation. Governing body the NCAA has come out in opposition, but the players’ cause is being supported by the United Steelworkers, the largest labor union in North America. If approved, it could help student athletes score nationwide.