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SBD/April 10, 2014/Colleges
Northwestern Formally Appeals NLRB's Union Ruling Ahead Of Team's Vote On Issue
Published April 10, 2014
NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND: USA TODAY's Paul Myerberg notes NU QB Trevor Siemian "spoke out in opposition to a unionization effort Wednesday, saying he doesn't 'think that's the direction we need to go in.'" Siemian said, "This all began with the best intentions, for sure. I feel that way and a lot of guys on the team feel that way. But given our circumstance here, with the way we're treated ... I'm treated far better than I deserve here. I can only speak for myself, but I'll say there's a significant amount of guys on the team that feel pretty similar to me." Myerberg notes Siemian "made a distinction between Northwestern's decision to file for employee cards in late January and April's vote." He said, "Just because you're an employee doesn't necessarily mean that a union is the right avenue" (USA TODAY, 4/10). Siemian indicated that he "faults himself for not gathering more information before joining with the vast majority of teammates to sign union cards after a presentation" by Colter and CAPA President Ramogi Huma. He said that those with concerns such as improving medical care, increasing player stipends and allowing more freedom to transfer "should have taken them to Fitzgerald" and/or NU AD Jim Phillips. Siemian: "To say, 'I don’t trust you enough to address this,' I don’t think that is the way to go" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 4/10).