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.READ MORE: Meet These Two Bear Cubs Who Have Become Inseparable At The Detroit Zoo
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.READ MORE: Delta Wants Other Airlines To Share ‘No-Fly’ Lists To Help Stop Unruly Passengers
Snyder’s office said Tuesday that the law ensures college athletes are students “first and foremost.”MORE NEWS: Veteran Needs Help With Home Repairs
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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