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UNITED STATES OF AMERICANATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARDREGION 13
 NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY,Employer,andCOLLEGE ATHLETES PLAYERSASSOCIATION (CAPA),Petitioner.))))))))))Case 13-RC-121359
NORTHWESTERN’S REQUEST FOR REVIEW OF REGIONAL DIRECTOR’SDECISION AND DIRECTION OF ELECTION
 
i
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................. 1II. GROUNDS FOR SEEKING REVIEW OF THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR’SDECISION.......................................................................................................................... 2III. THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR COMMITTED PREJUDICIAL ERROR INPLACING THE BURDEN OF PROOF ON THE EMPLOYER....................................... 3IV. THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR’S DECISION IS CLEARLY ERRONEOUSON SUBSTANTIAL FACTUAL ISSUES ........................................................................ 3A. S
UMMARY
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D
ECISION
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HE
 
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OMMITTED
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REJUDICIAL
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RROR 
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Y
M
ISCHARACTERIZING
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LANTING
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ELEVANT
 F
ACTS
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REJUDICIAL
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 B
Y
I
GNORING
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ELEVANT
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ACTS
 ................................................................................. 15V. THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR COMMITTED PREJUDICIAL ERROR BYINCORRECTLY APPLYING BOARD PRECEDENT .................................................. 19A. T
HE
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EGIONAL
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IRECTOR 
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OLDING
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HAT
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D
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A
PPLY
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HE
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OMMON
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AW
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EST
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OES
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PPLY
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 S
TUDENTS
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 NIVERSITY
 ....................................................................................................19C. E
VEN
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HE
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OMMON
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AW
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EST
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PPLIED
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ORTHWESTERN
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CHOLARSHIP
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OOTBALL
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TUDENT
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THLETES
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RE
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OT
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MPLOYEES
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EANING
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 A
CT
 ..................................................................... 21
1. The Scholarship Football Student-Athletes Are Not “Hired” To Perform Services
....................................................................................... 21
2. The Financial Grant-In Aid Is Not Compensation
. .................................. 24
3. The Fact That Scholarship Football Athletes Are Subject To Rules And Discipline Does Not Make Them Employees
........................... 28D. T
HE
EGIONAL
D
IRECTOR 
 M
ISAPPLIED
 B
 ROWN 
 NIVERSITY 
.................................. 33E. A
PPLICATION
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F
 T
HE
 C
ORRECT
 T
EST
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RTICULATED
 I
 N
 B
 ROWN 
 NIVERSITY 
 D
ICTATES
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HAT
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ORTHWESTERN
S
 S
CHOLARSHIP
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TUDENT
A
THLETES
 A
RE
 P
RIMARILY
 S
TUDENTS
.................................................................. 36
 
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1
.
 The Regional Director Failed To Consider That TheUnionization Of Northwestern’s Student-Athletes Would CreateChaos Due To The Wide Variation Among Federal And State Labor Laws
............................................................................................... 39
2. The Regional Director Failed To Consider The Tax Implications For Student-Athletes Receiving Scholarships If They Are Employees Under The Act 
......................................................................... 41
3. The Regional Director Failed To Consider That CAPAsObjectives Cannot Be Achieved By Collective Bargaining With Northwestern Due To NCAA Regulation
.................................................. 43
4. The Regional Director Failed To Consider That ExtendinCollective Bargaining Rights To Northwestern Football PlayersWill Have Title IX Ramifications
.............................................................. 44F. T
HE
 R 
EGIONAL
 D
IRECTOR 
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OMMITTED
 P
REJUDICIAL
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OLDING
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HAT
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ABOR 
 O
RGANIZATION
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ITHIN
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HE
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EANING
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F
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HE
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CT
 ....................................................................................................................... 45G. T
HE
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OOTBALL
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TUDENT
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THLETES
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RE
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EMPORARY
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MPLOYEES
, I
F
E
MPLOYEES
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T
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LL
.............................................................................................. 46H. T
HE
 
EGIONAL
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ETITIONED
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OR 
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..................................................................... 48Vi. CONCLUSION................................................................................................................. 49

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