Thursday Aug 13, 2020

Episode 36: Solidarity Forever with Kain Colter

In this episode, Derek and Nathan are beyond thrilled to be joined by Kain Colter, former quarterback at Northwestern University, organizer and co-founder of the College Athletes Players Association, and organizer and face of the union drive of the Northwestern football team.

Kain provides a vital oral history of how the union drive at Northwestern went down, from his time reading Marx at Goldman Sachs to the NLRB. This history is required listening for all those involved in and following the current college football labor movement. Then, in the latter part of the conversation, the three delve into the current labor dynamics in college football, including a discussion of tactics and the shared admiration for and solidarity with current players trying to overturn a fundamentally exploitative system.

Check out this terrific story by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss on the NW unionization saga here. Follow Kain Colter on Twitter @kaincolter.

For a transcription of this episode, please click here. (Credit @punkademic)

After listening to the episode, check out our most recent pieces on the college football:

"Canceling the College-Football Season Isn't Enough" published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

“'We are being gaslit': College football and Covid-19 are imperiling athletes” in The Guardian

“Canceling the college football season is about union busting, not health” also in The Guardian


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