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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
 
Michigan Legislation Prohibits College Athlete Unions

It is now illegal in Michigan for college athletes at any public university to form a labor union for purposes of collective bargaining.  No comment.





6 Comments:

So much for the Supremacy Clause, huh?

Anonymous Gordon -- 1/01/2015 1:38 AM  


No Supremacy problem. The National Labor Relations Act expressly gives states the power to decide whether they want their public employees to be able to unionize.

Blogger Howard Wasserman -- 1/05/2015 5:19 PM  


Note: the law does not say that student-athletes cannot be classified as employees, though...

Anonymous Anonymous -- 1/05/2015 8:43 PM  


Right, but as you point out, the NLRA gives states the power to decide whether they want their "employees" to be able to unionize -- i.e., people who currently (without a union) have the ability to capitalize on their skills and talents at negotiated market rates. I wonder why there is such a compelling interest for a state to prevent the unionization of people who aren't even paid and don't get health insurance?

Blogger Rick Karcher -- 1/07/2015 6:13 AM  


I doubt there is a compelling interest, but they don't need one (or even a reasonable interest, for that matter). I think it's simply 1) We hate unions and 2) We hate any efforts by the players to create greater autonomy from the NCAA.

Blogger Howard Wasserman -- 1/14/2015 7:43 AM  


The National Labor Relations Act expressly gives states the power to decide whether they want their public employees to be able to unionize.

Anonymous ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 -- 1/20/2015 5:35 AM  


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