UNITE HERE: Textile, Manufacturing, and Distribution
UNITE HERE represents workers who sew and ship clothing and other textile products. Thousands of our members manufacture apparel and textile products, and thousands more work at distribution centers. Members in Las Vegas and the New England area clean linen for hospitals, hotels and restaurants and uniforms for thousands of businesses.
Our Union’s history includes more than a century in the textile and clothing industries. Many of our predecessor unions, including the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), and Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA), were on the forefront of establishing middle-class jobs for factory workers, fighting for immigrant and women’s rights, and building the labor movement.
UNITE HERE members in the Textile, Laundry, Manufacturing, and Distribution Division work in a range of jobs including manufacturing workers in the "needle trades" industries, producing men's and women's clothing, shoes and hats, carpets and other "soft goods" for homes and cars, and making or finishing all kinds of woven and knit textiles (fabrics); workers in distribution centers for major retailers; and workers in industrial laundries that clean linens and uniforms.
UNITE HERE members’ expertise in the textile and clothing industries has been on display at such historical moments as President Obama’s 2009 inauguration where he wore suits made by our Union’s members.