NBA G League players will vote over the upcoming weekend whether to create a new labor union and be represented in the workplace just like NBA players. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA's union—the NBPA—is helping G Leaguers form a prospective union, with voting via electronically starting on Saturday.
NBA’s G-League players will begin voting Saturday on the creation of a union, sources tell ESPN. The NBPA's assisting in the formation of a G-League-governed players association that would need more than 50 percent of players to sign an electronic authorization card for passage.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 24, 2020
In order to be recognized by the United States' National Labor Relations Board, the employees in a workplace must vote in favor of forming a union by a simple majority—more than 50 percent of G League players must agree to the union representation. The NBPA is the oldest of the four major North American professional sports league unions, dating back to the mid-1950's, later recognized, and plays a part in the Collective Bargaining Agreement—the official standardized agreement between management (NBA) and workers (players) that is re-negotiated every few years.
Wojnarowski notes that there is “optimism” that G League players will vote to form a union.
The NBA's G League affiliate has grown in notoriety just in the last month due to the unprecedented decision by several top-ranked high school athletes to join its ranks and spurn the NCAA. Following the NBA's end to the prep-to-pros talent pipeline over a decade ago, many highly sought after players have had to play one season of college basketball or play professionally overseas before being drafted and playing in the NBA. California native Jalen Green, a shooting guard from Prolific Prep, and Maryland's Isaiah Todd, a power forward from Word of God Christian Academy, two five-star recruits, revealed they would join forces for a new G League outfit in California in the last week.
Green and Todd's decision, plus the growing number of players going to the G League to play professional in the states instead of overseas or in the NCAA, could signal the G League's incoming cash infusion and prosperity, which would lead to players wondering about financial security and workplace representation from a labor union, much like NBA players' NBPA.