Connecticut State Representative Patricia Dillon recently announced that she is looking into legislation that would allow athletes from public universities in Connecticut to unionize. Rep. Dillon’s announcement came in response to UConn basketball player Shabazz Napier, who when asked about the Northwestern football team’s attempt to unionize, said:
“We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food… money is needed…I don’t see myself as so much of an employee, but when you see your jersey getting [sold] … you want something in return … I don’t think student athletes should get hundreds of thousands of dollars… but there are hungry nights that I go to bed and I’m starving.”
Although Rep. Dillon was unsure whether such legislation could be brought during the current legislative session, it will most likely be brought during the next session.
Rep. Dillon has been involved with athlete legislation in the past. In fact, she was behind the Student-Athlete’s Right to Know Act, which became law in 2012.