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Dartmouth Basketball Team Forms First Labor Union for College Athletes

As reported by KSL Sports, the men's basketball team at Dartmouth College voted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 to form the first-ever labor union for college athletes.  “The National Labor Relations Board in the school's human resources offices” oversaw the vote by all players on the basketball team, and upon a 13-2 vote in favor of unionizing, the basketball team is set to join the Service Employees International Union Local 560, barring any objections or appeals.

The school is currently appealing to the NLRB to overturn a decision by a regional NLRB official that “Dartmouth players are employees and thus entitled to unionize.”  Despite unionizing, the school remains firm that college athletes are students first, not employees, and “do not believe unionization is appropriate.”  

This move comes on the heels of student-athletes' ability to profit off their name, image, and likeness.  However, questions still remain as to whether such student-athletes may be considered employees, and how unionizing may impact a student-athlete's status as an amateur versus a professional.


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