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Topic # 238178 5-Jul-2018 19:10
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Unions save lives:

 

 

Abstract

 

Objective Economic policies can have unintended consequences on population health. In recent years, many states in the USA have passed ‘right to work’ (RTW) laws which weaken labour unions. The effect of these laws on occupational health remains unexplored. This study fills this gap by analysing the effect of RTW on occupational fatalities through its effect on unionisation.

 

Methods Two-way fixed effects regression models are used to estimate the effect of unionisation on occupational mortality per 100 000 workers, controlling for state policy liberalism and workforce composition over the period 1992–2016. In the final specification, RTW laws are used as an instrument for unionisation to recover causal effects.

 

Results The Local Average Treatment Effect of a 1% decline in unionisation 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 unionisation.

 

Conclusion These 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.

 

 

Published in BMJ

 

 


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  Reply # 2050064 5-Jul-2018 20:11
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Can't read the source article without paying for it. So can't tell if there is effective health and safety regulations apart from the unions.

Personal experience in NZ, Worksafe (government department of Labour) Do far more to enforce health and safety than what I have ever seen from any unions.





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  Reply # 2050286 6-Jul-2018 09:23
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Looking at the text, the study appears to be related to a situation in the USA.  As health-and-safety regulatory and funding environments vary significantly depending on country, there is zero value in looking at this study from a non-USA perspective.


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