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Memphis Police Association Asking for Boycott Of All Chamber Members

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) – - The battle over the city's pension fund continues heating up, and now the president of the Memphis Police Association wants to boycott all businesses that are members of the Greater Memphis Chamber.

Mike Williams says Chamber of Commerce leaders were actively campaigning in support of these budget cuts, cuts that as of now will take away health insurance for city retirees. He says chamber businesses are guilty by association.

Williams posted on the association's Facebook:

“I have just decided that I am not going to patronize any of these businesses that are a part of the Memphis area chamber of commerce. Since the Memphis area chamber of commerce was a major player in the retirees being forced out of the city's healthcare plan, they do not deserve my business or money. Many of the restaurants are my favorites. I will also include FedEx and Auto Zone. I ask you to join me.”

Sunday night, the chamber had no official comment, but chamber board member Roby Williams speaking as a taxpayer did respond. "Who are they going to boycott; the chamber doesn't have a product or service, FedEx? Hospitals? We have to be more thorough in our thinking," said Williams.

Roby Williams says the chamber is supportive of a financially solvent government. He believes today's council is trying to fix a broken pension system of the past. Mike Williams admits some chamber businesses might not be up to speed on all the politics but says now is the time for them to step up.

"They didn't exclude any retirees or city employees, we were all affected as a whole, so if we’re going to be affected, then why shouldn't you," said Mike Williams.

But Roby Williams says nothing is final, and he like Mike Williams, doesn’t want to see any broken promises when it comes to the health insurance for the men and women who spend their lives risking their safety every day for the rest of us.

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