RI No. 6 among unionized states in 2011; labor adds 4,000January 30th, 2012 at 10:56 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s labor unions added 4,000 members last year as the state continued to be one of the most heavily organized in the nation, according to a new report from the U.S. Labor Department.
Union membership rose to 79,000 of Rhode Island’s 453,000 workers in 2011, or 17.4 percent of the labor force, the government said. That was up from 75,000 members and 16.4 percent of the work force in 2010.
Government number-crunchers have warned in the past that the relatively small annual fluctuations in union membership here may be a statistical mirage because of Rhode Island’s small size.
• Related: More on union membership in Rhode Island since 1989 (Feb. 1)