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November 18, 2004

Buy Union Week

Buy Union Week 2004 Kicks Off November 26, 2004

AFL-CIO Asks ShoppersTo "Give the Gift of Good Jobs" Instead of organizing worksites, the AFL-CIO is organizing holiday shoppers to buy union-made gifts for Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa.

The AFL-CIO' s "Buy Union Week" campaign targets Nov. 26 - Dec. 5, the 10 busiest shopping days of the year, according to Matt Bates, secretary-treasurer of the Union Label and Service Trades Department. "Shoppers will spend some $1 trillion during the winter holidays. We say, "Give the Gift of Good Jobs" by spending your dollars in ways that keep people working for good wages and benefits," Bates said.

A new Internet shopping site,, was created make it easy for consumers to find and purchase union-made items, he explained. The web site offers everything from greeting cards and clothing to computers, sporting goods and games.

"People have seen millions of good jobs disappear and they are looking for ways to take a stand and make a difference. Buy Union Week is a simple, effective way to support good jobs," Bates added.

The Buy Union Week campaign is reaching out to religious groups, socially conscious consumers and an array of organizations involved in the anti-sweatshop, anti-child labor and fair trade movements.

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