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College football players seek historic move to join labor union Published: January 28, 2014

For the first time in the history of college sports, athletes are asking to be represented by a labor union, taking formal steps on Tuesday to begin the process of being recognized as employees, as reported by ESPN.

Backed by the United Steelworkers union, Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, filed a petition in Chicago on behalf of football players at Northwestern University.

"This is about finally giving college athletes a seat at the table," said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker. "This action we're taking isn't because of any mistreatment by Northwestern. We're interested in trying to help all players -- at USC, Stanford, Oklahoma State, everywhere. It's about protecting them and future generations to come."

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