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Carpenters Union Joins Change To Win Coalition- Six Million Union Members United in Growth Alliance

Monday, June 27, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America announced today that it is joining the Change to Win Coalition, the labor reform movement created on June 15, 2005 by the Teamsters, UFCW, SEIU, UNITE HERE, and Laborers.

In uniting with the Change to Win Coalition, Carpenters President Doug McCarron said today: "The Carpenters Union is proud to join with the most dynamic unions in the country in the Change to Win Coalition. Our union is about building power and strength for working men and women and that is what the Change to Win Coalition is all about. In uniting our respective strengths, we can create a new hope for the millions of American workers for whom the American Dream is still a dream."

Laborers President Terence O'Sullivan said: "We are glad the 550,000 members of the Carpenters Union have joined the Change to Win Coalition, united by our common vision of a labor movement built on the principles of organizing and collective action."

Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said: "We are proud to be joining forces with the Carpenters Union because the status quo can no longer stand. Workers demand more, and our unions will work hard to empower them with a real voice and real strength in the workplace."

"The Carpenters have proved that they can build their union as their members build our country," says John Wilhelm of UNITE HERE. "The Change to Win coalition is proving it can re-unite unions that are dissatisfied with the status quo."

The Coalition is a new alliance devoted to creating a large-scale, coordinated campaign to expand the American labor movement. Its goal is to empower the tens of millions of American workers who struggle to make ends meet and whose voice has been silenced by the overwhelming power of global corporations and their representatives in Washington.

The 550,000 members of the Carpenters Union brings the number of workers represented by the Coalition to nearly six million.

Eric Hauser, 202.518.8047

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