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Collegiate Collective Bargaining

Learn about collegiate collective bargaining and the National Labor Relations Board’s jurisdiction over collegiate athletics.


I. Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining is defined as a negotiation process between an organized union of employees and their employer. The National Labor Relations Act, or NLRA, grants employees the right to participate in the collective-bargaining process. During the collective-bargaining process, employees and employers negotiate certain terms of employment, such as working conditions, working hours, and benefits.

Recall that the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, didn’t answer...