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State Athletes Invited to Join N.C. State Worker's Union

From the N&O:

The decision was months in the making, and when board members at the State Employees Association of North Carolina voted last week on whether to offer membership to scholarship athletes at state schools, the result was unanimous.

Fifty-nine votes for and none against, said Toni Davis, a spokeswoman for SEANC. No athletes have joined the association yet, Davis said, but the association’s hope is in time they will join, and SEANC will become their voice amid a changing landscape in college sports.

SEANC represents a wide range of state employees and advocates. It is affiliated with unions and sometimes is called a union, but it does not have collective bargaining power.

The association’s ruling will effectively allow it to treat scholarship athletes at North Carolina’s 17 state schools – including North Carolina and N.C. State – as state employees. What that means for the athletes, though, remains unclear.

Debbie Yow, the athletic director at N.C. State, said she was too unfamiliar with SEANC’s decision to comment. Yow has been a proponent of providing athletes with financial support beyond their scholarships.

"It's still the right path to follow to help the student-athletes," she said.

SEANC’s first step, Davis said, was to allow athletes to join, and now they can for $9 per month. The organization will form a plan on how to represent athletes.


Looking forward to additional tax revenue based on the value of athletic scholarships.

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