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Union membership in state now at 4.7% (access required)

NORFOLK—Union members made up 4.7 percent of Virginia’s work force in 2009, up from 4.1 percent from the previous year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a report Wednesday that about 166,000 wage and hourly workers belonged to unions in Virginia, the second consecutive year in percentage growth. Sheila Watkins, the bureau’s regional director in ...

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