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Hawaii public sector union membership down sharply

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:21 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2011

Hawaii’s union membership among government workers has declined by 45.7 percent over the past 10 years, the third biggest drop of any state, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Despite the decline Hawaii still has the 11th-highest union-membership rate in public-sector jobs, according to a financial news website called 27/7 Wall St.

The 111,344 union members in the public and private sector represented 21.8 percent of the total workforce, the third highest rate in the country behind Alaska and New York.

Hawaii’s private sector has the largest proportion of union workers in the country, at 14.6 percent of all private jobs.

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