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Northwestern coach urges ‘no’ vote on players union

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern football coach Pat Fitzgerald sided with his university against the formation of a players union in his first public comments Saturday, repeating what he already told his team: “I believe it’s in their best interests to vote no.”
Fitzgerald addressed the issue for the first time with his squad Wednesday, a week after Peter Ohr, regional director for the National Labor Relations Board, ruled that Northwestern’s scholarship football players were “employees.” That decision entitled players to conduct a secret-ballot vote on forming a union to pursue collective bargaining with the school, a move that could ...

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