U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander wasted no time last month decrying a federal labor board’s decision that opened the door for some college athletes to unionize.

The ruling by a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board is “an absurd decision that will destroy intercollegiate athletics as we know it,” Alexander said shortly after the decision was announced.

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Not usually prone to political theater, the Maryville Republican is never at a loss for condemnatory words and phrases when it comes to the labor board, which referees workplace disputes between employers and their employees.

In one of its more recent high-profile cases, the panel will convene a hearing today into charges of improper influence by third-party groups and politicians in the recent union vote by workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga.

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