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January 3, 1997

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Worker Survey Emphasizes Health Care and Tax Reform

Springfield, VA -- Expanded health care coverage and lowering the tax burden on low and middle-income workers were the key issues emphasized by Workers of America members in the organizationís first annual survey. The results will be featured later this month in the Winter 1997 issue of Working People magazine, which is published by Workers of America.

Sixty-four percent of those responding to the survey agreed that "some form of universal health care should be instituted in the U.S. to remove the economic fear of illness from workers and their families." The United States is the only major industrialized country that does not provide some form of universal health coverage for its citizens.

Although the survey highlighted five specific issues (health care, downsizing, taxes, trade, infrastructure), Workers of America members responded with nearly two dozen of their own, including campaign finance reform, the need for a livable wage and guaranteed employment. Said Workers of America president Bruce Weiner, "the pundits and pols think that because unemployment and inflation are relatively low, workers should be happy - end of story. The truth is that worker concerns are both real and complex and canít be capsulized in a sound bite. Our politicians and business leaders need to wake up to the legitimate concerns of the workers that make our economy move or weíre headed for increased voter cynicism and a further breakdown in our political system. Congress is increasingly a millionaires club that is out of touch with American workers and their families and the low voter turnout this past election reflects it."

Workers of America, founded in August 1995, has members in 40 states and 125 congressional districts. Primarily aimed at non-union workers, the organization hopes that its growing membership can help offset the precipitous drop in union membership over the past two decades and give American workers greater clout in forging economic policy and law.


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