Even Cheerleaders Get The Blues

It's an early May morning in a Milwaukee union hall, and AFL-CIO organizer Diane M. Ebenreiter is midway through her standard pep talk on health-care reform. Praising the Clinton Administration's Health Security Act, she stresses its promise of universal coverage, cost containment, and quality care. Then Ebenreiter fires her best shot: The proposal, she argues, could be a bonanza for workers. "Health-care costs are affecting each and every one of us at the bargaining table," she declares. If the proposal produces savings for employers, she says, "we can get some of this back in higher wages."

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