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SOUTHERN UNION LEADER ELECTED ACTWU EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

 LAS VEGAS, Nev., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Bruce Raynor, director of the Southern Regional Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, was elected executive vice president of ACTWU at the union's meeting of the General Executive Board this week in Las Vegas. The meeting of the GEB took place at the Las Vegas Hilton, the hotel in which the union's 1993 international convention will be held this coming June. As executive vice president, Raynor will be one of the three top executive officers of the union.
 According to Jack Sheinkman, president of ACTWU, Raynor's new responsibilities will include playing a key role in the union's industrial strategy, implementing organizing programs, and developing other union initiatives in bargaining.
 "Bruce Raynor has distinguished himself in leading numerous difficult contract negotiations throughout the Southeast with major textile, clothing and auto supply employers on behalf of our union's members," said Sheinkman today.
 "Under Raynor's leadership, the Southern Region took on an aggressive organizing program, conceiving of innovative strategies to stop plant closings.


Bruce has shown a determination to negotiate the implementation of technological changes to benefit the employees as well as the employer," Sheinkman continued.
 The Southern Region of ACTWU has shown a steady increase in membership since the area was consolidated into one region in 1990. Today, the Southern Region represents approximately 50,000 members. It is the largest private sector industrial union in the South.
 Raynor has directed the Southern Region of ACTWU since 1985. Prior to 1985, he was director of the union's Deep-South textile organization. Raynor, age 43, is a 1972 graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has been with ACTWU since 1973 and has been an international vice president of the union since 1981.
 Raynor started as an education representative for the Textile Workers Union of America, one of ACTWU's predecessor unions. He has also been a union organizer, assistant Southern director, associate national education director, education director for the Textile Workers Union, and executive director of the National Textile Recruitment and Training Program.
 Bruce Raynor, a native of Long Island, N.Y., grew up in West Hempstead and Lynbrook, N.Y., and graduated from Malvern High School in 1968. He currently resides outside of the Atlanta metropolitan area in North Fayette County with his wife Joan and their four children.
 The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union was formed in 1976 when the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the Textile Workers Union of America merged. ACTWU represents 237,000 workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its members work primarily in the men's clothing industry and in the textile industry. ACTWU also represents workers in the auto supply, millinery, shoe, laundry, neckwear, glove and tanning, retail and related industries. Additionally, ACTWU represents all of the Xerox manufacturing workers in the United States and Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Jo-Ann Mort, communication director of ACTWU, 212-242-0700/


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