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Northwestern players will vote whether or not to authorize a union on April 25

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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter second from right, speaks while College Athletes Players Association president Ramogi Huma left, United Steel Workers National Political Director Tim Waters second from left, and United Steel Workers president Leo Gerard right, look on during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced they are forming the first labor union for college athletes--one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

April 25 could be another big day as the movement toward unionizing college sports continues.

The Associated Press is reporting that Northwestern football players are scheduled to vote on “authorizing a union to represent them in collective bargaining with the university” on that day, which is three weeks from Friday.

This comes a week after the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players are employees and should have the opportunity to negotiate for players’ rights. The school subsequently appealed the ruling.

The Northwestern players will cast ballots deciding whether or not to unionize under the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA).

The effort was led by former Wildcats quarterback Kain Colter, who has since graduated and is preparing for a potential NFL career. With Colter no longer at the school, some questions have arose as to whether the push for unionization is as strong without Colter’s presence in the locker room.

Running back Venric Mark called the unionization efforts “Kain Colter’s movement” and said that many players may not have known what they were getting involved with when filling out the union cards.

“Guys did sign cards supporting Kain and what he’s trying to do and his movement, but at the end of the day, as I stated, everything outside of our locker room is outside of our locker room,” Mark said. “And so some guys signed, some guys didn’t. I don’t know if people kind of knew what they were going to get into, if they thought it was going to turn out the way it did.”

Only players who are currently on the roster can vote.

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