National labor board to investigate complaint involving rights of USC athletes

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The National Labor Relations Board will investigate an unfair labor practice complaint involving the rights of USC football and basketball players.

In February, the National College Players Assn. filed an unfair labor practice charge against USC, the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA alleging misclassification of college players as “student-athletes” and other violations.

The NLRB’s Region 21 in Los Angeles will look into the complaint that covers football and men’s and women’s basketball players at the private school.


USC quarterback Caleb Williams gave a positive assessment of his recovery from a hamstring injury, expressing confidence he will play in the Cotton Bowl.

Dec. 15, 2022

At the request of the NLRB’s Division of Advice, the players association agreed to withdraw its unfair labor practice charge against UCLA while vowing to continue its fight to gain employee status and rights for football and basketball players at public universities.

“We are working to make sure college athletes are treated fairly in both the education and business aspects of college sports,” players association executive director Ramogi Huma said in a statement Thursday. “Gaining employee status and the right to organize is an important part in ending NCAA sports’ business practices that illegally exploit college athletes’ labor.”