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The Unionization Process: Rhode Island

The Unionization Process requirements for other states

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

Author: William E. O'Gara, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC


  • The process for union organization and formation under the Rhode Island State Labor Relations Act (Act) does not differ materially from that set forth in the National Labor Relations Act. See Unionization Process.
  • The formation of a union is overseen by the Rhode Island Labor Relations Board. See Unionization Process.
  • Rhode Island is not a "right to work" state. See Right to Work.