– Employed inhabitants: 475,000
– Members of unions: 83,000 (17.4% of employed inhabitants)
– Staff represented by unions: 90,000 (19% of employed inhabitants)
Though tiny in measurement, Rhode Island boasts one among America’s 5 largest union membership rolls when it comes to the share of worker inhabitants—and it’s additionally house to one among organized labor’s oldest and richest histories. The forerunners of Rhode Island’s first unions emerged within the early 1750s, earlier than America was a rustic or perhaps a idea.