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Public Sector Labor Relations: Rhode Island

Public Sector Labor Relations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Brian J. Lamoureux and William E. O'Gara, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, LLC


  • In Rhode Island, municipal employees are allowed to collectively bargain and form unions. See Municipal Employees.
  • Police officers are subject to different rights and duties than other public employees. See Police Officers.
  • Firefighters may organize and bargain collectively. See Firefighters.
  • Teachers in Rhode Island have the right to bargain collectively and form unions. See Teachers.
  • Police officers, firefighters, and public health care workers are prohibited from engaging in a strike pursuant to the Rhode Island Labor Relations Act. See Strikes.