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Right-to-Work States Have Lower Workplace Injury Rates
Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/11/2012 | James Hohman

Posted on 12/13/2012 6:45:06 AM PST by MichCapCon

It’s a repeated and deceptive talking point from Big Labor that becoming a right-to-work state will result in lower workplace safety. This is a convenient objection, but not supported by the data.

Consider Oklahoma, which became a right-to-work state in 2001. From 2000 to 2010 its workplace injury rate plummeted, decreasing their average workplace injuries and illnesses by nearly 40 percent. Oklahoma's injury and illness rate is less than in Michigan. Overall, right-to-work states have a slightly lower incidence of workplace injuries.

It's true that right-to-work states have a greater incidence of fatal workplace injuries, but the very dangerous occupations are concentrated in just a couple of industries and in occupations like farming, fishing and forestry regardless of whether the state has a right-to-work law.

Unions can negotiate over working conditions, but it's unlikely that this has a major influence over workplace safety, especially when there's the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the legal system and better business management. Certainly these have a greater influence over the safety of workplaces than whether unions are able to force members to pay dues or agency fees.

Besides, right-to-work, which prevents a union from getting an employee fired for refusing to financially support a union, does not affect a union's ability to negotiate over working conditions.

Workplaces in America are safer than they've ever been. This, however, is not because of the union’s power to collect forced dues and agency fees.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: righttowork

1 posted on 12/13/2012 6:45:07 AM PST by MichCapCon
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To: Springman; Sioux-san; 70th Division; JPG; PGalt; DuncanWaring; taildragger; epluribus_2; Chuck54; ..
Non union shops don't have to keep a drunk on the payroll.

If anyone wants to be added to the Michigan Cap Con ping list, let me know.
2 posted on 12/13/2012 6:47:37 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

Pretty obvious. Union thugs need sick time off to beat people up.


3 posted on 12/13/2012 6:49:58 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: cripplecreek
Non union shops don't have to keep a drunk on the payroll.

Non-Democrat states don't attract dou@hebags.
4 posted on 12/13/2012 6:51:34 AM PST by golux
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To: MichCapCon

I’m guessing because you can actually FIRE employees who are stoned, drunk, or lackadaisical to where they aren’t paying attention?


5 posted on 12/13/2012 6:52:12 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: MichCapCon

Read - lower FRAUD rates.


6 posted on 12/13/2012 6:53:05 AM PST by yobid ("Because there's a conflict in every human heart....And good does not always triumph.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog

When I was in the AFL-CIO that was one of the most irritating things.

I’m fine with giving someone a second chance but not a 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. Eventually the company throws up its hands and moves that person to a job that doesn’t matter and they can’t hurt anyone.


7 posted on 12/13/2012 6:59:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MichCapCon

That’s because when you fraudulently throw yourself down the stairs, there’s no corrupt union to protect you and help you get a disability check along with another union job.

Right to work states halt the gravy train.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 7:08:17 AM PST by cotton1706
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