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ACTWU ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL KICK-OFF OF GOODY'S CHRISTMAS SEASON BOYCOTT -- THOUSANDS OF SHOPPERS AFFECTED ON BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR

 ATLANTA, Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) successfully completed its first week of boycott activities at Goody's Family Clothing stores this weekend. Members of the union and its supporters turned away thousands of Goody's shoppers at stores throughout the southeast. The union was most successful on the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the heaviest shopping day of the year.
 Rallies, leafletting and other boycott activities took place in front of Goody's stores in seven states this weekend. The union plans to expand the boycott to other stores of the company throughout the holiday shopping season.
 ACTWU distributed thousands of leaflets to shoppers as they entered malls and approached Goody's stores. Many responded by refusing to enter the company's stores. "We were pleased by the response by shoppers who really didn't know about the boycott until they received our leaflet," said Bruce Raynor, southern regional director for ACTWU. "As the boycott becomes more well known, we expect it to be even more effective," Raynor added.
 The boycott has been called because of Goody's refusal to seriously negotiate a contract with its distribution center employees. These workers voted to be represented by ACTWU in January of this year.
 In an important development, the 14.1 million-member national AFL-CIO has endorsed the boycott and called on all of its affiliated unions to urge their members not to shop at Goody's until a collective bargaining agreement is secured.
 Goody's has earned more than $8.5 million in profits this year. The company has failed to grant its distribution center workers a wage increase or lower the cost of their family health insurance plan, which is currently unaffordable for most employees.
 The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union represents 237,000 workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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 ~CONTACT: Jonathan Davis, 202-745-1710, or Deborah Lain, 404-766-8856, both of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union~


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