Northwestern football players will vote later this month on whether to unionize and Saturday their coach spoke out on the matter for the first time publicly, saying he has urged them to vote no.
Pat Fitzgerald says he spoke with the players earlier in the week and told them it’s in their best interests to vote no on unionization. Fitzgerald says he has always been an advocate for players and works for their best interests in his role as a teacher, coach and father-figure.
Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter is leading the effort to unionize players.
The vote is scheduled for april 25th.
They need a 50.1 percent vote in favor of a union to begin collective bargaining.