17 percent of Oregon workers are union members

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Efforts to organize nurses and home health care workers kept the percentage of Oregon’s workforce represented by unions at one of the highest levels in the United States.

Union members make up 17 percent of all workers in Oregon, seventh-highest in the nation, according to figures recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national average is about 12 percent.

The total number of union workers in Oregon increased last year to 270,000, up from 211,000 in 2006.

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