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Why some college athletes want to unionize

Feb 7, 2024
A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Dartmouth's men's basketball players are employees who can form a union.
Players on the Dartmouth Big Green basketball team filed a petition to unionize in the fall. Above, the Dartmouth Big Green basketball team in 2021.
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Are college athletes "employees" of their school?

Nov 7, 2023
The National Labor Relations Board holds a hearing to decide on the question. The answer could radically alter college athletics and its division of revenues.
University of Southern California Trojans players take the field before a college football game in 2021. USC is at the center of a case that could fundamentally change college athletics.
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As pay transparency laws proliferate, some employers remain resistant

Oct 11, 2023
The laws are aimed at closing wage gaps within and between companies. But not all workplaces seem to want transparency.
For transparency laws to work, job seekers should only apply to companies that are transparent about wages, says Aaron Terrazas at Glassdoor.
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Latest labor board ruling broadens who's considered an employee — for now

Jun 15, 2023
The standard for defining who's an employee and who's an independent contractor has gone back and forth in the courts for years.
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Federal agency that oversees unions will get first funding boost in a decade

Dec 28, 2022
The National Labor Relations Board's resources have been stretched thin at a time when union organizing is surging.
The funding increase for the National Labor Relations Board comes at a time of high-profile labor organizing. Above, Starbucks workers on strike in Brooklyn, New York, in November.
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What expanding the "joint employer" rule will mean for unions

Sep 7, 2022
The National Labor Relations Board has proposed a new rule that would make companies that use contract, temp and staffing-firm employees more responsible for their wages and working conditions.
The joint employer rule expansion would add some power to workers trying to unionize, such as warehouse workers.
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Biden administration picks to labor board could change the outlook for unions

Jul 15, 2021
A Senate committee is set to consider two Biden appointees to the National Labor Relations Board.
Organizers in support of the unionization of an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama, earlier this year. The NLRB completed the vote count in April. Workers voted to reject the union.
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NLRB rule could make it harder for millions of workers to organize

Feb 26, 2020
It rolls back an Obama-era policy that held some corporations accountable for labor violations by subcontractors and franchisees.
The new NLRB rule could make it harder for employee's of McDonald's to organize.
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Trump picks could reverse Obama-era labor rulings

Sep 26, 2017
Republicans have control of the NLRB for the first time in almost a decade.
Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant in Chicago, Illinois back in 2014.
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