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Textile Union Endorses Bowles

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A textile union at odds in the past with Senatecandidate Erskine Bowles is backing him in the general election.

UNITE didn't endorse anyone for the Democratic primary won byBowles last month. Today, the union representing eleven-thousandworkers in North Carolina announced it will endorse the formerWhite House chief of staff over Elizabeth Dole.

Bowles was at odds with the union for years over his views onfree trade. He backed the North American Free Trade Agreement andfast-track authority for the president on trade deals. Bowles hasbacked off that support and says current trade laws much beenforced more strongly to prevent illegal product dumping.

UNITE worker Bennett Taylor of Northampton County says it wastime to give Bowles a second chance. Union officials at a Raleighnews conference also criticized Dole for her continued support offast-track authority.

UNITE plans to run print and broadcast issue ads as the electionapproaches.

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