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The Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees was founded in 1995 as a result of the merger between two of the nation's oldest textile unions pInternational Ladies' Garment Workers' Union] (ILGWU) and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). In 2001 the Laundry and Dry Cleaning International Union (LDCIU) merged with UNITE! as well. This brought the total number of members represented by the union to over 300,000.

UNITE! members work in apparel, textile and related industries; in industrial laundries; in distribution and retail; in auto parts and auto supply; in Xerox manufacturing and many other industries in the United States and Canada.

UNITE! has been quite active in the anti-sweatshop movement and was one of the larger labor unions to participate in the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle.

UNITE! is affiliated with the AFL-CIO

Most information gathered from http://www.uniteunion.org

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