LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a law prohibiting college athletes at public universities from unionizing.

The measure blocks collective bargaining for university athletes by saying they aren’t public employees. It’s a pre-emptive move after Northwestern University football players in April held a secret vote on whether to unionize at the private school in Evanston, Illinois.

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There are no reports of such efforts at any Michigan public or private university. Major college sports conferences and the NCAA have spoken out against unionization.

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Snyder’s office said Tuesday that the law ensures college athletes are students “first and foremost.”

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Michigan is the second state to respond after Northwestern players were allowed to vote on union representation. The votes have not been counted while the National Labor Relations Board considers a legal challenge.
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