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Biz Buzz: Union membership declining in Minnesota, report says

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In 2012, union members accounted for 14.2 percent of wage and salary workers in the state compared to 15.1 percent in 2011, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report this week.


Union membership peaked in the state in 1992 at 22 percent. Union members accounted for 11.3 percent of employed and salary workers nationally in 2012, down from 11.8 percent in 2011.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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