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    :: Thursday, October 05, 2006 ::

    Stern's Group Shows Slow Growth a Year After Split With AFL-CIO - By Kim Chipman, Bloomberg.com
    Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern has a new prized possession on his desk: a red workers' cap from a unionized Wal-Mart store -- in China.

    "It's amazing, I had to go to China to get my first union Wal-Mart hat,'' Stern, 55, said in an interview.

    The irony isn't lost on him. While Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, has agreed to allow a government- sponsored union in the communist nation, it resists efforts to organize workers at its U.S. operations. For now, American unions have given up trying to do so, choosing instead to wage a public- relations campaign against it.
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