Vernuccio Joined WXYZ for Primary Night

How labor issues factor into the 2016 election

The Mackinac Center’s F. Vincent Vernuccio joined Chuck Stokes and Dave LewAllen for WXYZ’s prime time election webcast Tuesday night.

Just before the first round of primary election results were released, Vernuccio, director of labor policy at the Center, spoke to ABC 7 about labor issues and how they have factored in to the 2016 presidential election. When asked about whether or not right-to-work has been good for Michigan, Vernuccio explained it has forced unions to provide value to members.

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“Wages are up, unemployment is down, employment is up and last year, we added over 36,000 new union members,” Vernuccio said. “You take those stats into account and I think it has been pretty good for us. You take all the stats out of it and what right-to-work really means is that a union can’t get a worker fired for not paying them. It’s about freedom.”

Vernuccio noted the unusual fact that a number of major labor unions have failed to make endorsements in the race, and the importance of the election for cases before the Supreme Court like Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which would give public employees in every state the freedom to choose whether or not they join a union.

Yahoo News also published Vernuccio’s segment.

Watch the full segment at WXYZ.

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