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Unions fume over Chambliss

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 26, 2008

MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -  Union workers spread out across the state in support of Jim Martin and in protest of Saxby Chambliss. But they were met head on by Chambliss supporters when they showed up in Moultrie.

Thousands of volunteers with the AFL-CIO union are protesting, and some of them showed up in front of Saxby Chambliss's office in Moultrie Wednesday morning. Just minutes later, Chambliss supporters showed up in force. The union is endorsing Jim Martin for U.S. Senate and want Saxby to get a pink slip.

"Fire Saxby Chambliss," said Stewart Acuff, AFL-CIO Organizer. "Why? Because we've got 7% unemployment in Georgia, some of the highest in the country. Georgia workers are getting the pink slip because of Chambliss, Bush economics which have been a disaster for this economy and for workers."

But Chambliss Supporter Bill Acuff said, "I don't know that Saxby has worked against the American worker. He was for the economic bailout that helped all of America. Colquitt County is very proud of Saxby Chambliss and the job he's done for Georgia and all of America."

Protests were taking place at Chambliss offices across the state. The union plans to protest even more on December 2nd for the senate runoff election.

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