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AFL-CIO UNION INDUSTRIES SHOW OPENS MAY 15; MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EXPECTED

 AFL-CIO UNION INDUSTRIES SHOW OPENS MAY 15;
 MORE THAN 200,000 VISITORS EXPECTED
 Show Highlights American-Made Products and Services
 The world's largest free admission labor/management exhibition will open at the Oregon Convention Center Friday, May 15.
 The AFL-CIO Union-Industries Show, which annually attracts more than 200,000 visitors over four days, gives the general public a behind-the- scenes look at how America's 14 million AFL-CIO union members work together with successful U.S. corporations to produce the products and services we use everyday.
 The first Union-Industries Show was in 1938 and runs in a different U.S. city every year. The show hasn't come to Portland since 1962. As always, the show is open to the general public and admission is free.
 High Praise From High Places
 Throughout history, the show has won the recognition of millions of visitors including a few notables:
 The late President John F. Kennedy commented on how the show portrays the real story behind the purpose of labor unions. "For a nation often prone to belaboring those problems which divide labor and management, there are here revealed those accomplishments which clearly unite them," said Kennedy. "In this respect, the Union-Industries Show focuses clearly on a vital aspect of our national life: the wide spectrum of progress which can result from productive industrial relations."
 For more than 50 years the show has brought labor and management together, putting bargaining differences behind for a few days each year to recognize the achievements of successful labor relations activities.
 Even the most conservative of conservatives have applauded the show and its mission. "The AFL-CIO Union-Industries Show symbolizes the achievements men can rise to when they unite in a common purpose," said former President Richard M. Nixon.
 Portland Show Offers Something For Everyone
 This year's Union-Industries Show features more than 300 exhibits and demonstrations including everything from old-fashioned glass bottle blowing to the first ever public demonstration of Advanced Digital High Definition Television.
 Exhibiting companies include General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Northwest Airlines, Miller Brewing Company, General Electric, Pillsbury, General Mills, Carrier and Harley Davidson to name just a few.
 This free event includes ample opportunity for everyone to bring home show giveaways. Literally hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of free product samples and big ticket items will be given away to showgoers. Big raffle prizes include a Carrier Air Conditioner, a General Electric refrigerator, a Coleman camper and an $11,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
 Big Show, Big Opening
 The show will open with a bang Friday, May 15 at 1 p.m., when the president of the allied industrial workers Milwaukee local union will ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle through a wall of Reynolds aluminum foil displaying a giant grand opening ribbon.
 Show hours will be 1 to 9 p.m., Friday, May 15 to Sunday, May 17 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, May 18.
 CONTACT: Steve Peckham of Colle & McVoy, 612-851-2636 (before May 12) or 503-731-7904 (after May 12), for AFL-CIO.
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