Union member rates drop among Mass., Conn. workers
A report says the percentage of workers who belong to a union has dropped slightly in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said today that Massachusetts had about 415,000 union members in 2010, representing 14.5 percent of all wage and salaried workers in the state. That was down from 16.6 percent the previous year.
The bureau said Connecticut had about 258,000 workers belonging to unions last year, accounting for 16.7 percent of all workers, a drop from 17.3 percent in 2009.
Despite the reductions, both New England states had union membership rates well above the national average of 11.9 percent in 2010.
Among US states, New York had the highest percentage of workers belonging to unions, while North Carolina the lowest.