Governors from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have signed a letter to US President George W. Bush to encourage him to use his authority to address the downturn in the domestic textile industry.

The governors have taken the action at the request of the Association of Georgia's Textile, Carpet and Consumer Products Manufacturers (GTMA).

In the letter, the governors of the US's four largest textile-producing states asked Bush to combat the crisis through the use of existing laws to attack unfair trade practices and prohibit imports from countries that take advantage of child labour. They also asked the Bush Administration to not negotiate new trade agreements that would cause further damage to the textile companies and workers in their respective states.

According to the letter, the US textile industry has lost 56,000 jobs in the past year. In May, US textile workers lost their jobs as more than 12 mills closed. Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina employ two-thirds of the total textile workforce worldwide.

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