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Dick Meister: Unions save lives

Publication Date: 
June 06, 2011
San Francisco Bay Guardian
Dick Meister

Dick Meister of the San Francisco Bay Guardian cites a new working paper by Professor Alison Morantz which addresses whether union coal mines are safer than non-union operations in his blog.

A new study shows that unionization is a sure way to dramatically lessen the many deaths and serious injuries that have been all too common in the nation's coal mines.

That 's the unequivocal conclusion of the independent study of coal mining between 1993 and 2008 conducted by Stanford law professor Allson Morantz and funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

The study indicates that the number of fatalities in individual non-union mines can decline by one-third up to nearly three-fourths and serious injuries decline by as much as one-third if the mines unionize.