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NC Employee Union To Admit College Student-Athletes

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View of a football game at Kenan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

View of a football game at Kenan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

RALEIGH, NC (CBS Charlotte) – The face of college sports may change drastically soon.

That is because the State Employees Association of North Carolina has voted unanimously to admit student athletes from all 17 of the state’s public institutions of higher education.

Last month the AP reported that the National Labor Relations Board allowed students to unionize and demand greater benefits and possibly pay.

Being North Carolina is a “right-to-work” state, each student athlete would have to join individually if they choose.  They cannot be forced to join a union, so the student athletes would not join as a group.

“If this was the way the country was moving…we wanted student athletes to know they are welcome,” Toni Davis, a spokeswoman for SEANC told Campus Reform.

Davis went on to say that SEANC has yet to decide the membership rate the student athletes would pay; she did say that they should expect the same benefits as other members, such as lower insurance rates, discounts, and advocacy services.

Being SEANC is a state employee’s union, it will not accept students from private universities.

“There’s no guarantee the university will listen to the union if the student athletes join,” Patrick Semmens, vice president for public information at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation told Campus Reform.

Semmens went on to say that SEANC’s decision isn’t “nearly as big a problem” as Northwestern’s decision unless the student athletes make demands that are in violation with the NCAA.

Universities in North Carolina do not have to recognize a student’s union demand.

The Atlantic Coast Conference has not yet released a statement, but they do not seem to think the union’s decision is a problem.

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