When you’re a young kid being a pro skateboarder seems like a dream job. Then you get older and realize most never make a livable wage or can even afford healthcare (in the US) and are one injury away from complete bankruptcy. Should they create a Union of Sponsored Skateboarders? JENKEM investigated:

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Despite the few pros fortunate enough to fly private jets and drive Lamborghinis, the majority of sponsored skateboarders today are lucky if they can pay all their bills by skating alone. When you factor in things like the general instability of sponsorship deals and (in the U.S.) unaffordable medical costs for even typical injuries, sponsored skateboarders seem like they could benefit from some kind of support.

Perhaps, sponsored skateboarders could use a Skateboarders Union?

With a union, sponsored skateboarders could demand minimum am- and pro-level salaries and negotiate some kind of sponsor-provided healthcare option, even for those who don’t skate for the big shoe brands. A union might help provide a little more security and safety, and if not extend the average pro skater’s career span, at least improve it.

But what would a skateboarders union look like, and could one ever exist? To probe these hypotheticals, we started by looking at traditional sports unions.

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