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Ross Perot's local volunteers, searching for publicity and a "huge membership lift," are planning day-and-night vigils outside the offices of New York State congressional representatives who support the North American Free Trade Agreement or are undecided about it, according to a Perot organization memo.
Many of Perot's critics have contended that the billionaire's opposition to NAFTA is intended to attract the blue-collar and union support that eluded him in his presidential bid last year, though Perot has consistently denied using NAFTA for political ends.
Area labor leaders who have discussed the plans with United We Stand officials said many of their members would probably join the Perot forces at the vigils, since they agree NAFTA would result in lost jobs. But they scoffed at the idea that union members will join United We Stand in large numbers simply because of Perot's opposition to NAFTA. Nick Unger, the New York political director of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, said Perot's "mottled" labor record as a businessman made the alliance over NAFTA purely one of convenience.