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.”