NLRB Rules Dartmouth Men's Basketball Players Employees, Eligible to Unionize

NLRB Rules Dartmouth Men’s Basketball Players Employees, Eligible to Unionize


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a historic ruling on Monday that declared Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team to be employees, therefore making them eligible to unionize.

In the 26-page decision, the NLRB said that since the players perform their work for compensation from the university, they can be labeled employees under U.S. labor law.

“Because Dartmouth has the right to control the work performed by the Dartmouth men’s basketball team, and the players perform that work in exchange for compensation, I find that the petitioned-for basketball players are employees within the meaning of the [National Labor Relations] Act,” it said. “Additionally, I find that asserting jurisdiction would not create instability in labor relations.”

Brendan Barry, #15 of the Dartmouth Big Green, celebrates

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