Northwestern University says it will appeal a ruling that allows its football players to form a union.
A regional National Labor Relations Board ruling says football players who are on scholarship are also Northwestern employees.
The ruling says the university controls players’ activities and compensates them with scholarships.
Northwestern disagrees, saying that players are students first.
Former quarterback Kain Colter is the face of this movement, which says forming a union would give players negotiating powers over health and safety issues.
It’s not clear if or when Northwestern players will vote on a union.
Players who don’t receive scholarships will not get a vote or be a union member.