Northwestern Head Coach Tries to Get Players To Vote Against Unionization [Details]
After a two week hiatus, Northwestern football Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald finally spoke out about the ground breaking decisions made by Chicago’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that allows members of the Northwestern Football team to unionize pending a majority vote.
According to ESPN.com Fitzgerald is going to try to get his team to vote against unionization.
“I believe it’s in their best interests to vote no,” Fitzgerald said Saturday following a team practice. “With the research that I’ve done, I’m going to stick to the facts and I’m going to do everything in my power to educate our guys. Our university is going to do that. We’ll give them all the resources they need to get the facts.”
Fitzgerald actually has the support of his senior leaders. Most are worried that this union could ruin their chance of winning the Big Ten championship this upcoming season.
Senior center Brandon Vitabile voiced his concerns on Saturday.
“I think a lot of guys feel the same as I do,” said senior center Brandon Vitabile, a member of the team’s leadership council. “Coach Fitz has done everything in his power and been a voice for us and he has gotten changes. He goes to [American Football Coaches Association] meetings and does act in our interests. I’ve had conversations with him before all this happened.
“Guys have to realize the ramifications of what may occur.”
The vote will take place on April 25th.
Fitzgerald has until 24 hours before the vote to educate his player on why they should vote no and also answer any question. What he is not allowed to do is threaten, intimidate, or bribe players into voting against unionization.
Let us know what you think?