Northwestern Goes Union-Busting

Tomorrow, Northwestern football players will vote on whether or not to form a union, a right given to them by a National Labor Relations Board ruling last month. NLRB rules stipulate that no meetings can be held today, the day before the vote, to decrease the risk of outside influence—which doesn't mean all those with… » 4/24/14 12:37pm 4/24/14 12:37pm

How Would An NCAA Union Actually Work? A Guide For Perplexed Pundits

The real triumph of the decades-long propaganda war against organized labor isn't best seen in the ever-declining rate of unionization, or ever-increasing income inequality, or even the way the word "union" functionally works as an epithet. It's seen, instead, in the fact that so many otherwise smart, thoughtful… » 4/01/14 3:12pm 4/01/14 3:12pm

Basketball Players Spent Their Wild And Crazy All-Star Saturday Meeting…

Wojnarowski reports that Billy Hunter's dismissal, widely presumed to be an inevitability after the myriad scandals that recently punctured his cocoon of power, was voted on and affirmed by a group of NBA players this afternoon. A bit more on the meeting that sealed his fate once and for all: » 2/16/13 5:35pm 2/16/13 5:35pm

NBA Players Association Tells Its Corrupt Boss To Go Away

NBAPA head Billy Hunter, lately revealed to the general public to be a nepotism-loving, watch-gifting union boss in the Tammany style, is on indefinite leave as of yesterday. The NBAPA hired outside counsel, likely in advance of an attempt to oust Hunter permanently, while Hunter declared the NBAPA's actions against… » 2/02/13 11:30am 2/02/13 11:30am

NBA Players Association Head Billy Hunter Once Used $22,000 Of Union…

The NBAPA's board recently commissioned a independent review of the record of noted nepotism-abuser Billy Hunter, who has been union head for 16 years. Though the review found that his actions fell short of illegality, it did reveal a few odd pieces of information about the judgment of Hunter, the man that guided the… » 1/20/13 2:48pm 1/20/13 2:48pm

Minor League Baseball: The Last Bastion Of Acceptable Exploitation In…

For every top-flight prospect apprenticing in the minors after receiving a multi-million dollar signing bonus, hundreds of players are drafted every year and get $1,000, tops. Salaries start at $1,100 a month, and the checks only come for half a year. As Lily Rothman says over at Slate, most of these players are… » 4/03/12 3:35pm 4/03/12 3:35pm