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Study Finds Unionized Coal Mines Substantially Safer

Publication Date: 
May 25, 2011
AFL-CIO Now Blog
Mike Hall

Professor Alison Morantz's working paper on whether union coal mines are safer than non-union operations is cited in this AFL-CIO Blog by Mike Hall.

A new study shows that miners in unionized coal mines are far less likely to be killed or injured on the job than miners in nonunion operations. The independent study funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that “unionization predicts an 18-33 percent drop in traumatic injuries and a 27-68 percent drop in fatalities.”

The comprehensive study, conducted by Stanford University law professor Alison D. Morantz, the John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, looked at coal mine fatality and injury statistics from 1993 to 2008.