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College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

UNION:Former Northwestern University football quarterback Cain Colter, right, and Ramogi Huma, founder and president of the National College Players Association arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, April, 2. Members of a group seeking to unionize college athletes are looking for allies on Capitol Hill as they brace for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University are employees who have the right to form a union. Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter _ the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to unionize _ and Ramogi Huma, the founder and president of the National College Players Association, scheduled meetings Wednesday with lawmakers. Photo: Associated Press/Lauren Victoria Burke

KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of a group seeking to unionize college athletes are looking for allies on Capitol Hill as they brace for an appeal of a ruling that said full scholarship athletes at Northwestern University have the right to form a union.

Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter and Ramogi Huma, the president of the National College Players Association, are to meet with lawmakers Wednesday.

The meetings are expected to give athletes a chance to spell out one of their chief concerns, which is providing for the medical needs of athletes.

Last week’s ruling by a National Labor Relations Board official in Chicago said Northwestern football players on full scholarships are employees of the university and have the right to form a union and bargain collectively.

The university says it will appeal.

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