Leech Tishman Files Amicus Brief with National Labor Relations Board in Northwestern University Case Involving Unionization of College Athletes

On July 3, 2014, attorneys Patrick W. Carothers, Robert F. Schultz and Gregory W. Hauswirth filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) on behalf of Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC (“Leech Tishman”) in the Northwestern University case involving the unionization of college athletes. The NLRB issued a call for briefs following the announcement that the full Board would review and issue an opinion on a Regional Director’s order that the Northwestern University football team be granted a union election.

As a law firm with a growing labor and employment practice, Leech Tishman is concerned with the expanding nature of the term “employer” and the increased litigation this brings to an already overwhelmed system. Leech Tishman works with both unions and management, and has lawyers who are well versed on both sides, thus Leech Tishman is able to uniquely see that the National Labor Relations Act is not an appropriate solution to the problems faced by student-athletes at Division-I schools.

Leech Tishman’s Employment Practice Group is available to advise clients on the Northwestern University case or any other employment-related legal matter. Please call 412.261.1600 to speak to a member of the Employment Practice Group.

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