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F. Vincent Vernuccio

Director of Labor Policy

F. Vincent Vernuccio is director of labor policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He is a graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich. Under President George W. Bush he served as special assistant to the assistant secretary for administration and management in the Department of Labor.

Vernuccio has published articles and op-eds in such newspapers and magazines as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, National Review, Forbes and The American Spectator. He has been cited in several books, and he is a frequent contributor on national television and radio shows, such as "Your World" with Neil Cavuto and Varney and Company.

Vernuccio is a sought-after voice on labor panels nationally and in Washington, D.C. A regular guest on Fox News channels, Vernuccio has been described by Stuart Varney as a “top union watchdog.”

He has advised senators and congressmen on a multitude of labor-related issues. He testified before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and Labor Policy.

Vernuccio lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

By F. Vincent Vernuccio

How Right-to-Work Can Make Unions Stronger

Unions can still collectively bargain, but must earn support of workers … more

Weak Membership Growth Shows Need for New Union

Why Worker Freedom is Right for Wisconsin

Right to Work Isn't the Only Option

The state should give workers and unions more choices. … more

Recommendations to Improve the Labor Movement

Bringing Democracy Back to the Workplace

Bringing Democracy Back to the Workplace

Is VW the First Model for 21st Century Unionism?

New policy echoes Mackinac Center recommendations. … more

Unionization for the 21st Century: Solutions for the Ailing Labor Movement

For years union membership has been in decline. In 2012 union membership hit the lowest percentage of the American workforce since 1916. The union business model, based largely on industrial organizing efforts from the 1930s, does not appear to carry over well for today’s educated and transient workforce. This study outlines several ideas that unions could embrace that would grow their membership and improve the services workers receive. … more

2014 Election Aftermath

Unions' bark worse than their bite. … more

UAW Dues Hike Was Unnecessary

UAW Dues Hike was Unnecessary

August Opt-Out's Unexpected Publicity

Show Me the Worker Freedom

Wage Hike Would Hurt Tipped Workers

Obama Drops a Minimum Wage 'Stink Burger' On Michigan

VW and the UAW vs. Workers, Democracy and Free Speech

VW and the UAW vs. Workers, Democracy and Free Speech

Wages Rise in Right-to-Work States

For State Employees, 2014 Means Finally Having the Freedom To Choose

Don’t Buy the Hype, Go Ahead and Shop

The UFOs Have Landed and They Are Here to Represent You

Exemptions, Navigators and New Members

The UFOs Have Landed and They Are Here to Represent You

Right-to-Work on the National Stage

Unionization for the 21st Century

In Defense of Liberty: Unions, Right-to-Work and Majority Rule

The New Face of Big Labor

In Defense of Liberty: Unions, Right-to-Work and Majority Rule

Michigan’s Unionized Workers Need to Know Their Rights

Worker Freedom in Michigan: The Road Ahead

National Employee Freedom Week Announced

Dozens of groups promoting voluntary unionism. … more

Riches for Unions, but not Their Retirees

Right-to-Work in Michigan and Beyond

Dexter Bus Drivers Dump International Union

School employees form local bargaining unit. … more

Commentary: A Milestone for Michigan — Worker Freedom in the 'Big Labor' State

Worker Freedom in Michigan: The Road Ahead

Election RECAP

Right-to-Work Laws Can Make Unions Stronger

An Inspiration and a Warning from Michigan

Right-to-Work Right for Business

Why Michigan Needs a Right-to-Work Law

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

Proposal 2 of 2012: An Assessment

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently published “Proposal 2 of 2012: An Assessment,” which addresses Proposal 2 on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot, also referred to as the “collective bargaining” amendment.
The study examines how the proposed constitutional amendment would enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution, which would allow government union collective bargaining agreements to invalidate numerous state laws meant to improve the quality of public services and would likely negate a projected $1.6 billion in annual taxpayer savings.
The Policy Brief was co-authored by Vernuccio and other Mackinac Center analysts: Senior Legal Analyst Patrick J. Wright, Executive Vice President Michael J. Reitz and Assistant Fiscal Policy Director James M. Hohman. Also co-authoring was Paul Kersey, director of labor policy at the Illinois Policy Institute. … more

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

The financial impact of enshrined collective bargaining. … more

Emergency Managers: A Distasteful Necessity

‘Protect Our Jobs’ Would Make Union Bosses the Most Powerful People in Michigan