NEWS: Today, I’m introducing legislation with @SenSanders, @RepBowman, @RepLoriTrahan and @RepAndyLevin to give college athletes the power to collectively bargain to address years of exploitation.

1/ A quick thread on what this means.…
2/ Right now, the rich adults (conference presidents, coaches, CEOs) have all the power.

They collude to keep profits from college athletes and deprive players of basic rights (adequate health care, scholarship protections, the ability to profit off their name + likeness, etc.)
3/ College athletes face steep barriers to organize and right these wrongs because current law makes it difficult for them to prove that they're employees.

That's bananas. And our legislation would fix that.
4/ Just like any other employee, college athletes put in dozens of hours of work each week and receive compensation (in the form of scholarships and stipends).

And like employees, they lose that compensation if they refuse to do the job.
5/ This is a matter of basic fairness, but it’s also a civil rights issue. The athletes in the most high-profile sports are overwhelmingly Black men and women, while those with the power are largely white.
6/ We can’t fix all of the problems with the NCAA from Washington. What we can do is give the college athletes who are being taken advantage of the power to fix things through their own collective action.

And we can start by passing the College Athlete Right to Organize Act.

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