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UNITE

HERE

Formed in 1995 by the merger of two of the nation's oldest unions, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU).

Represents more than 200,000 workers through joint boards and local unions in the United States and Canada.

Major sectors: apparel and textile manufacturing, industrial laundries, apparel distribution centers, retail and light manufacturing.

Major contracts/employers: TJX, Liz Claiborne, National Linen, ALSCO, Aramark, Brooks Brothers, Hartmarx, Xerox.

Ethnically diverse membership with high percentages of African-Americans and Latino and Asian immigrants.

Majority of members are women.

Organizing is a top priority: More than 40% of UNITE's national budget goes toward organizing. 82,000 new members organized since July 1995.

Current major organizing campaigns: Cintas, H&M, Angelica.

Bruce Raynor has been president since July 1, 2001 and was re-elected at the union's Second Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas in July 2003.

UNITE created the "Behind the Label” campaign as part of its efforts in the anti-sweatshop movement.

Historic highlight: JP Stevens campaign, which resulted in victory in 1980 after a 17-year struggle and was depicted in the Oscar winning film "Norma Rae.”

Received its original charter from the American Federation of Labor on April 24, 1891.

Has 260,000 members through 111 affiliated local unions across the United States and Canada.

Major sectors: service/hospitality industries including hotels, casinos, airports, foodservice and restaurants.

Major contracts/employers: Hilton, Starwood, Aramark, Caesars Entertainment, MGM/Mirage, Harrah's Entertainment, Mandalay Resorts and Hyatt.

Membership is comprised largely of immigrants, including Latinos and Asians.

Majority of members are women.

Have organized an average 10,000 to 12,000 new members in each of the past six years.

John Wilhelm has been president since 1998.

HERE organized the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride last fall, a historic bus tour for nearly 1,000 immigrant workers that educated Americans about the contributions and struggles of immigrant workers through media coverage and direct action.

Historic highlight: Frontier strike in Las Vegas, one of the longest successful strikes in U.S. history lasting six and a half years; no one crossed the line and all strikers got their jobs back with seniority and back pension service credits.

 



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