F. Vincent Vernuccio

F. Vincent Vernuccio, an attorney, is a former Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at the Department of Labor under President George W. Bush. He is editor of efcaupdate.org.

Exemptions, Navigators, and New Members

 

In a “good enough for thee but not for me” display of pure hutzpah, the AFL-CIO is demanding ever increasing exemptions from Obamacare, a law it championed and helped pass. Kaiser Health News reported on Nov. 6 that the Obama administration may finally be granting one of the demands of its union benefactors. According to Kaiser, […]

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Midwest Unions’ Desperate Last Stand

 

The voters of Wisconsin and California spoke loud and clear. They are tired of the special privileges and lavish benefits given to government unions and paid for by taxpayers. Apparently unions in Michigan did not get the message. Last Wednesday, supporters of the so-called “Protect Our Jobs” Constitutional Amendment (POJA) submitted 684,286 petition signatures to […]

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Compulsory ‘Free’ Speech

 

What is free speech? Is it the right to speak out and give money to causes, politicians and push ideas? Is it the ability to keep silent and not support that with which a person disagrees? Or is it the power of a group to force its individual members to fund political causes and candidates […]

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Keystone and the Unions

 

President Barack Obama placated one wing of his liberal base, environmentalists, with his decision to kill the Keystone Pipeline, but he’s angered another — labor unions. Some of them, anyway. Terry O’Sullivan, head of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA ), has called Obama’s action “politics at its worst,” saying that “once again […]

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The Non-Union for Restaurant Workers

 

When is a union not a union? When it decides that organizing a majority of workers is too much trouble and that it can win more money from lawsuit settlements with employers than by collecting dues. Even better, operate as a non-profit and receive donations from foundations and community groups trying to “do good.” And […]

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Behind the UAW’s Aw Shucks Smile

 

Bob King’s pants are on fire. Or they would be if the old saying (“liar liar…” ) were true. The United Auto Workers (UAW) President announced a change in strategy earlier in December, saying that his union would not target specific automakers in right to work states for unionization. Instead, King claims that the UAW […]

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Ambush Election Prevention

 

Imagine voting in a presidential election where one candidate can campaign for a year and the other is only told he is running a week before Election Day. As absurd as that sounds, that is precisely the choice that President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is trying to impose on American workers. The NLRB […]

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A Tale of Two Bridges

 

What do you do if you lose 25 percent of your population in a decade, bringing your city to a 100-year low, and you have a perfectly good private bridge? Well, why not have the taxpayers build a new $5.3 billion bridge using public money! It may sound strange but that is exactly what a […]

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The Truth About Wisconsin

 

The fundamental issue in Wisconsin — and states considering similar budget cuts — is not whether government employees should contribute more (in Wisconsin’s case, more being merely something) to their health or pension plans — though that is important. Rather, it is whether workers should have the right to say no. If passed, Wisconsin Governor […]

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Would You Like a Union With That, Comrade?

 

Workers at some of America’s fast food restaurants could be in for some interesting times soon. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is attempting to unionize several Jimmy John’s sandwich stores in the Minneapolis area. The IWW’s campaign against Jimmy John’s could be the start of organizing efforts at several other restaurant chains. (Today, […]

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