Rx: Don't Get Sick

Local hospital workers can't afford health care either

McClenty believes that such spiraling costs have convinced the union's members that they need to make a stand. "This is real. People are saying, 'We're not going to accept this anymore.'"

"We're not going to accept this anymore": Emergency-room technician Tee McClenty
Raoul Benavides
"We're not going to accept this anymore": Emergency-room technician Tee McClenty

Elva Neubauer, the United Hospital housekeeper who was forced to drop her family coverage in November, echoes that sentiment: "In my place many people would shut their mouth, thinking, 'I could lose my job for saying this,'" she says. "But we have to fight. We have no choice."

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