•“America is the world’s only industrialized nation that does not require employers to provide any paid vacation days.”
•“It is the only industrialized nation that does not require employers to provide paid maternity leave.”
•“It is the only industrialized nation that does not mandate paid sick days.”
These standards are immoral, anti-family and anti-human rights.
College values twisted: The amateur tag in college football has long been a farce. The Reno Gazette-Journal proved it one again.
The newspaper reported recently that the University of Nevada, Reno, football team had nine assistant coaches. Each one has a special responsibility: offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, offensive line, defensive line, running backs and special teams, wide receivers, tight ends, cornerbacks and safeties.
Expenditure: $1,127,282. This is the mid-range of salaries for assistant coaches in the Mountain West Conference.
Boise State is the most “professional” of the teams in the league with its assistant coaches earning $2,436,390.
Nevada’s head coach, Brian Polian, makes $525,000 a year, excessive when student fees at UNR are constantly rising. The university could hire five good professors for that kind of money. Yet his salary pales in comparison with some head coaches in the Southeastern Conference who make $4 million a year.
Football aside, college education should be free to all who meet the entrance requirements. College graduates are vital to the nation’s future.
About 70 percent of college students are now burdened with tremendous loan debt. The average is $29,400 and rising.
Richard Long of the Campaign for America’s Future in a Truthout column noted: “It would cost less for the government to make all public universities free than what the government already spends for higher education.”
•The government spends $69 billion a year on aid for the neediest college students.
•It spends $36 billion on annual higher education grants like Pell.
•$32 billion of potential revenue is lost each year through tax credits, exemptions and deductions.
Richard Long concludes: “It costs the government more to help students than it would to make college tuition free.”
Unionize college athletes: The quarterback of Northwestern University’s football team has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for the right to form a union. May a mighty sequoia grow from that seed.
Walter Byers, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the 1950s, coined the term “student athlete” to combat fears that injured athletes might get workers compensation from the states they play in.
The phrase obfuscated a growing commercial enterprise. The fiction has prevailed ever since. College football has become a vast commercial enterprise of billions of dollars.
The quarterback is Kain Colter. Ramogi Huma, president of the National College Players Association, is his “co-conspirator.” They want a powerful voice where they have none.
One of their key goals is guaranteed medical care. The next step: demanding pay for entertaining multitudes. Their petition did not ask for salaries. But the request for unionization is an important first step.