The day after Thanksgiving, union front groups were at it again. In what has become labor’s holiday tradition, OUR Walmart, an organization affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers union, mounted a public relations campaign to protest at Wal-Mart stores around the country.
Yet again, the hype was overblown. Despite email exhortations to union members from the AFL-CIO’s president, Richard Trumka, the campaign seemed to be waning this year, and few Wal-Mart employees joined the protests.
On Black Friday, F. Vincent Vernuccio, Mackinac’s director of labor policy, spoke about the protests with Charles Payne on Your World with Neil Cavuto in the Fox News studios in New York City.
That same day, The Hill published an article he wrote. In it, Vernuccio compared the tactics used during the protests to the positive solutions he recommends in his new study, “Unionization for the 21st Century: Solutions for an Ailing Labor Movement.”
In the study and the article Vernuccio shows that unions are desperate to gain new dues-paying members. He points out that the answer is not to stage demonstrations against businesses through manufactured protests and front groups. Rather, unions should adopt free market reforms where the individual is the center of the labor movement and choice without compulsion is paramount.