Vernuccio Quoted on UAW Opt Out in The Detroit News

Michigan autoworkers can soon leave their union

On Sept. 14, the United Auto Workers contracts with Ford, Fiat Chrysler, and General Motors will expire for the first time since right-to-work legislation took effect in Michigan, allowing autoworkers to opt out of union membership for the first time.

F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center, discussed the expiration with The Detroit News in an article published Sept. 8:

Some organizations have been working to assist autoworkers who want to opt out. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank in Michigan, recently launched a website,, that includes an opt-out form and information for UAW members considering it.

Stay Engaged

Receive our weekly emails!

“We just want people to be aware of their options,” said F. Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy for the Mackinac Center.

The full article is available at The Detroit News website.

Related Articles:

A Look at Unions in Michigan, Five Years After Right-to-Work

Rumors of Unions' Post-Right-to-Work Death Exaggerated

Unions Admit Forcing People to Pay Dues is Political

Incomes Rise in Right-to-Work Michigan; Officials Project More To Come

Free The Unions — Let Workers Who Don't Pay Represent Themselves

UAW Goes On Campus To Find New Members