With just 400 to 450 words for our Thursday State Worker column, much of what we learn in the ramp up to writing it never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes, the documents and the observations that don't make the cut.
This week's column looks at private sector and public sector union membership trends and notes how the falling numbers in the former are affecting political fortunes of the latter.
Our numbers come from federal statistics sliced and diced by Barry T. Hirsch and David A. Macpherson at www.unionstats.com.
The data they compile includes union statistics by metro area and state. In the Sacramento region the union membership numbers looked like this:
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