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Top 20 Labor Union States

New Pro-Worker Coalition of Blue, Red States

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Members of area labor unions and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators participate in a 'March For Jobs and Fairness' on December 1, 2011 in New York City.
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Thirteen politically "red" and "red/blue" states may lean Democratic in 2012 elections because of the unpopular 2011 push by a handful of Republican governors to abolish collective bargaining rights for public employee labor unions.

Per the New York Times on March 3, 2011, "A New York Times/CBS News poll published on Tuesday showed that Americans oppose ending bargaining rights for public unions by a majority of nearly two to one...

"A Gallup poll last week showed that 61 percent of respondents nationwide reject Mr. Walker's attempt to revoke collective-bargaining rights for public unions, including 41 percent of the Republicans polled."

Below are listed the top 20 states for quantity of labor union workers; the percent of workers in that state who are represented by labor unions; and each state's unemployment rate as of December 2010.

1. California (blue state)- 2,909,000, 19.5% of workers. 12.5% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

2. New York (blue state)- 2,170,000, 26.6% of workers. 8.2% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

3. Illinois (blue state)- 993,000, 17.5% of workers. 9.2% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

4. Pennsylvania (red/blue state)- 899,000, 16.3 % of workers. 8.5% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rate of labor union membership.

5. Michigan (red/blue state)- 801,000, 19.6% of workers. 11.1% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

6. Ohio (red state)- 783,000, 15.5% of workers. 9.5% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

7. New Jersey (red/blue state)- 731,000, 19.0% of workers. 9.1% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

8. Washington (blue state)- 626,000, 21.5% of workers. 9.3% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

9. Florida (red state)- 601,000, 7.9% of workers. 12.0% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely unaffected politically due to low rate of labor union membership.

10. Texas (red state) - 559,000, 5% of workers. 8.3% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely unaffected politically due to low rate of labor union membership.

11. Massachusetts (blue state) - 491,000, 16.9% of workers. 8.3% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

12. Wisconsin (red/blue state)- 422,000, 16.0% of workers. 7.5% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rate of labor union membership.

13. Minnesota (blue state)- 412,000, 17.0% of workers. 6.9% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rate of labor union membership.

14. Indiana (red state)- 386,000, 13.7% of workers. 9.5% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

15. Maryland (blue state)- 380,000, 14.5% of workers. 7.4% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

16. Missouri (red/blue state)- 327,000, 12.8% of workers. 9.6% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

17. Connecticut (blue state)- 291,000, 17.9% of workers. 9.0% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

18. Oregon (blue state)- 272,000, 17.4% of workers. 10.6% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - unaffected politically

19. Arizona (red state)- 254,000, 9.8% of workers. 9.6% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

20. Nevada (red/blue state)- 217,000, 18.2% of workers. 14.9% unemployment. PROGNOSIS - PROGNOSIS - Likely affected politically due to high rates of unemployment and labor union membership.

OTHER STATES - Labor Unions Represent More than Ten Percent of Workers

  • Alabama (red state)- 199,000, 10.7% of workers
  • Iowa (red state)- 187,000, 13.0% of workers
  • Hawaii(blue state) - 143,000, 25.5% of workers
  • West Virginia(red/blue state)- 112,000, 15.3% of workers
  • New Mexico (red/blue state)- 94,000, 11.6% of workers
  • Nebraska (red state)- 90,000, 10.7% of workers
  • Maine (red/blue state)- 84,000, 14.7% of workers
  • Rhode Island (blue state) - 82,000, 17.4% of workers
  • New Hampshire(blue state) - 79,000, 12.4% of workers
  • Alaska(red stae) - 71,000, 24.7% of workers
  • Montana (red/blue state)- 61,000, 15.7%
  • Delaware (blue state)- 57,000, 14.7% of workers
  • Vermont (blue state) - 36,000, 12.8% of workers
SOURCE for state unemployment rates as of December 2010: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
SOURCE for data on quantity, percentage of labor union workers: Wikipedia

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