Michigan House votes to ban student-athlete unions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) The Michigan House has voted to prohibit college athletes at public universities from unionizing.

Majority Republicans approved the bill Tuesday on a 59-50 party-line vote, with Democrats objecting. The measure next goes to the GOP-led Senate for possible consideration before lawmakers adjourn for the year next week.

The legislation would block collective bargaining for university athletes by saying they are not public employees. It's a pre-emptive move after Northwestern University football players in April held a secret vote on whether to unionize at the private school in Illinois.

There are no reports of such efforts at any of Michigan's public or private universities. Major college sports conferences and the NCAA have spoken out against unionization.

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