When members of Northwestern's football team had the chance to sign union cards back in January, some players signed their names, others did not. Running back Venric Mark said Tuesday that he wondered if the ones who did realized the ramifications of the decision and where it would lead. "I don't know if people kind of knew what they were or if they thought it was going to turn out the way it did. But at the end of the day, now it's time to get back to work. I mean, we have a job to do."
The Buffalo Bills could have a new owner -- Donald J. Trump! Trump says he's been contacted about buying a piece of the team and will "take a look at it." Trump was on WBEN radio in Buffalo, NY when they asked him about taking over the NFL team now that longtime owner Ralph Wilson has passed away. Trump said, "People have actually talked to me about the Bills. I mean, the group of people called me -- would I be interested in investing, and I'll take a look at it."
Last week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that because members of Northwestern University’s football team seem close enough to “employees” of the university to satisfy the statutory definition, they can proceed in their stated desire for union representation. The United Steelworkers union, hoping for a transfusion of dues money, helped the activist players, led by quarterback Kain Colter, push their petition for a union certification election. Conceivably, the union could wind up negotiating on behalf of the Northwestern players with the university over all matters that are subjects of collective bargaining under the law, including compensation, hours, benefits, and working conditions.