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Unions find Southern comfort: Tennessee is fastest growing state in U.S. for union membership

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CHATSWORTH, GA (Times Free Press) -

Tennessee may be the Volunteer State, but a growing share of its workers are organizing to get better pay and working conditions.

Last year, Tennessee had the fastest rate of growth in union membership of any state, according to new government figures. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 31,000 more Tennesseans were members of labor unions in 2013 than in the previous year, swelling the ranks of organized labor in the state by 25 percent last year and boosting union rolls to the highest level in nearly a decade.

Georgia and Alabama were close behind Tennessee in the growth rate for union membership with union rolls growing in each state by more than 22 percent last year. BLS estimates Georgia added 38,000 union members last year and Alabama added another 37,000 union members during 2013.

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