Richard T. Farmer
Position: Chairman and founder, Cintas Corp.
Employees: 27,000 nationally, including 17,000 workers that UNITE and Teamsters are trying to organize.
About Farmer: He is credited with expanding his family-owned company from an industrial rag company to the nation's largest maker and supplier of uniforms. He is Cincinnati's wealthiest citizen; Forbes magazine says has a net worth of $1.6 billion, and he's a major Republican contributor. Analysts say the union organizing campaign is not having a huge effect on his company, but it could become a bigger risk if the campaign continues for a long time. Value of the company's stock could be depressed if investors see it as a problem.
Robert J. Kohlhepp
Position: Vice chairman, Cintas Corp.
About Kohlhepp: Chief executive officer of Cintas until mid-July and point person in the company's fight with UNITE and the Teamsters.
Position: President of UNITE, formerly the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees.
Headquarters: New York.
About Raynor: For 30 years, he's been involved in labor battles nationwide. He is considered one of the country's best union organizers. He helped organize a successful 17-year campaign against J.P. Stevens & Co., a textile firm that eventually became part of WestPoint Stevens. He also fought 10 years to win a first contract for 100 employees at an Atlanta company. He has made Cintas the focus of the union's drive to organize industrial laundries.
James P. Hoffa
Position: President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Membership: 1.4 million.
About Hoffa: The son of the controversial and powerful leader of the Teamsters Union from 1957 to 1971 is teaming with UNITE, a rare joint organizing effort, against Cintas.
John J. Sweeney
Position: President, AFL-CIO, a federation of 65 labor unions.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Membership: Its unions represent 13 million workers.
About Sweeney: He has made organizing campaigns a major focus. If he can rally labor's support of UNITE's campaign, it would be a significant boost to his legacy.
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