The United States is set to begin unionizing textile workers next year after a three-year effort to negotiate a contract expired earlier this month.

The American Textile Workers Union (ATSU), the largest union in the U.K. that represents textile workers, has been negotiating with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in an attempt to reach an agreement, said UFCW president Jimmie Fletcher.

The union was negotiating with a number of companies in the textile industry, including United Technologies, United Parcel Service and Staples, according to Fletcher.

The union said it is still seeking more details on the deal, but said it expected to have a final agreement by early February.

The agreement, if finalized, would give textile workers an opportunity to negotiate wage increases, overtime and benefits, the union said.

The United Foods Workers Union Local 2523, which represents apparel workers in the United States, said it has not yet been contacted by the ATSU regarding its negotiations.

The unions said they have negotiated similar deals with other textile companies in Europe and other countries and that they are committed to working together.

“This agreement will bring a level of stability to our members and their families and it is an important step toward bringing an end to the textile workforce’s nightmare of decades of low wages and low working conditions,” said UFCWA president Jim Zellers.

The ATSIU has been a key force in the fight against outsourcing and the outsourcing of U.A.E. jobs, with its membership representing about 1.4 million people in the apparel industry, according the union.

“The American textile industry has been targeted by this outsourcing and outsourcing strategy and we have had to take a backseat to the demands of the American workers,” Zeller said.

The new agreement with the AFSCME would take effect immediately, said AFSD spokeswoman Michelle Binder.

The UFCW has been the largest U.s. textile union, with about 3 million members, and the AFSCME is the largest AFSCM union in U. S. history with about 700,000 members, according Fletcher.

Fletcher said he expected the AFL-CIO, which has been critical of the AATSU’s tactics and its role in organizing workers, to come out in support of the union’s unionization efforts.

“They are an essential part of the fabric of the U, and that is why we need them,” he said.