Right-to-Work Laws and Fatalities in Construction

Source: Roland Zullo, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy University of Michigan, March 2011

We compiled state-level data from four public sources to test whether union density and right-to-work laws are associated with worker fatalities in the construction industry and in construction occupations. For both measures, higher levels of unionization equate with lower fatality rates. Right-to-work laws show no association with fatality rates.

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