People nationwide boycott city budget and Chamber of Commerce

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- People all across the country are boycotting the Memphis Chamber of Commerce.

The Memphis Police Association started the protest after the city council cut employee and retiree health benefits instead of raising property taxes.

Quite a few businesses are hanging signs on their front doors, including auto repair shops, restaurants and doctors offices across Shelby County. Even people in New York City and in Houston, Texas, are holding them up.

The signs say they support Memphis city employees.

The MPA is asking you to post them after the council cut employee and retiree health benefits, instead of raising property taxes, to fund the pension.

"We want the Chamber of Commerce to understand: deal with business and stay out of government," said MPA President Mike Williams.

Williams said the chamber was behind the vote claiming they lobbied for big businesses that are already getting tax breaks.

"We are giving anywhere to $50 to 80 million in tax breaks in a year. Do you think it would solve some of the problem? I do!" said Williams.

Some taxpayers WREG talked to say they will join the fight.

"I know two policemen that have worked for the city for over 20 years. They do nothing, but wake up every day and run these streets. They don't complain," said Rhonda Ramsey.

While others said boycotting business will just hurt other people in Memphis.

"I think there's another way you can do it. Boycotting the businesses here in Memphis who are actually taxpayers and hiring employees is not going to help," said Darrell Catron.

Williams believe it will make a difference.

"If you want to get in on the fight, come in where we are," said Williams.

If you support the cause, Williams is asking you to post pictures on the MPA Facebook page or post blue and red ribbons on your homes and cars.

WREG reached out to the Chamber, but have yet to hear back.

The council said the vote became final after the minutes were approved.

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