Today, one way or another, history will be made.

The Northwestern University football team will vote today in a secret ballot as to whether or not they will try to form a union or not.

In March, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that college athletes are considered employees of the school, bringing athletes one step closer to gaining the right to unionize.

The regional director of the NLRB directed a secret ballot election be held to determine whether the players should be represented by the College Athletes Players Association.

The university asked the NLRB to review and overturn the ruling, and on Thursday the NLRB granted the school’s request. The football players’ vote still will take place Friday, though. CAPA’s creation was announced in January after an “overwhelming majority” of Northwestern’s team signed cards to apply for labor rights and representation by the union. Northwestern and football coach Pat Fitzgerald have said they are strongly opposed to the unionization.

“Northwestern considers its students who participate in NCAA Division I sports, including those who receive athletic scholarships, to be students, first and foremost,” university spokesman Alan K. Cubbage said. “We believe that participation in athletic events is part of the overall educational experience for those students, not a separate activity.”

The NCAA has said the move undermines the purpose of college to get an education.

“Student-athletes are not employees,” the NCAA said in a statement, “and their participation in college sports is voluntary. We stand for all student-athletes, not just those the unions want to professionalize.”

Source: NBC Chicago