Nick Fox of the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America and Travis Parsons, the OSH Division’s Senior Safety & Health Specialist penned an editorial arguing that “right to work” laws decrease safety standards in states that have them, and cause an increase in workplace injuries and fatalities. As Fox and Parsons opine: “Unions give workers a voice in the workplace, allowing them to speak up about hazards on the job without fear of retaliation. When right-to-work laws weaken this system of checks and balances, workers may no longer feel comfortable speaking up about safety.” Safety concerns were cited as the reason for United Steelworkers’ 2015 strike that affected two Motiva plants and one Shell Chemical plant in Louisiana. Louisiana has some of the most strident right to work laws in the nation.
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