Study: Anti-Union Laws Associated With Significantly More Workplace Deaths

By Sahid Fawaz

A new study in the peer-reviewed journal, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, reveals that “right to work” (“RTW”) laws are a deadly hazard to workers.

The results from the study show that “[t]he Local Average Treatment Effect of a 1% decline in unionization attributable to RTW is about a 5% increase in the rate of occupational fatalities. In total, RTW laws have led to a 14.2% increase in occupational mortality through decreased unionization.”

The author concludes that “[t]hese findings illustrate and quantify the protective effect of unions on workers’ safety. Policymakers should consider the potentially deleterious effects of anti-union legislation on occupational health.”

For more, visit the Occupational and Environmental Medicine page here.

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