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Union membership falls in state

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Unionized Virginia workers fell to 3.7 percent last year of the state’s work force last year, thanks in part to the closing of the Ford manufacturing plant in Norfolk.

In 2007, about 129,000 Virginia workers belonged to unions, down by about 10,000 workers from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics.

Union membership was up nationally by 311,000 employees, or about 12.9 percent of the country’s work force.

Virginia had the second lowest percentage of union membership in the country. North Carolina had the lowest at 3 percent of its work force.


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