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Unionized construction workers in Ontario less likely to be injured, less lost time than non-construction workers, says new study

By Denis Calnan      

Sean Strickland, of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, which funded the study, says it confirms there is a ‘union safety effect’ on workplaces.

Liberal MP Joyce Murray pictured at the construction skills training facility at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ont., with Scott Fleming, construction skills coordinator for Sir Sandford Fleming College. Photograph courtesy Joyce Murray

A new study says unionized construction workers in Ontario are less likely to be injured and have less time lost on the job than construction workers who are not in a union, confirming that there is a “union safety effect” on workplaces, according to those behind the study. “For years, the unionized industry has said that we are safer than the non-union,” said Sean Strickland, the CEO of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, a not-for-profit that represents the interests

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