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Protest rally for non-DOD employees in Beaufort

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Beaufort City Mayor Billy Kyserling joined union members in support of roughly 1200 to 1500 federal workers throughout Beaufort County. Beaufort City Mayor Billy Kyserling joined union members in support of roughly 1200 to 1500 federal workers throughout Beaufort County.
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

In the Lowcountry, members of the American Federation of Government Workers union protested the shutdown in front of Beaufort City Hall Wednesday.

Even though all the members of the local AFGE union in Beaufort have been called back to work, they came to rally Wednesday in support of all the non-DOD employees who are still on furlough from the government shutdown.

Countless cars drove past Beaufort City Hall Wednesday, honking their horns in agreement with the AFGE members.

All of them returned to work this week but that didn't' stop them from empathizing with those who haven't.

"The stress level's real high for everybody because no one knows from one day to the next if you have a job, am I going to be able to go to work and do my job," said Sue Partridge, AFGE 1951 President.

Partridge and other AFGE members took annual leave to come to the rally.

She and countless other DOD civilian workers will not get paid for last week's furlough.

"This is about a catfight in the Congress," said Beaufort City Mayor Billy Kyserling who joined the union members in support of roughly 1200 to 1500 federal workers throughout Beaufort County.

"These are people who have spent a career working for their government and all of a sudden, one day, because a bunch of Congressmen decide to play a game, they're standing on the street with that kind of uncertainty," said Kyserling.

"An injury to one is an injury to all. I'm afraid if they don't get back to work before they start the budget, they're really in trouble, they won't be getting back," said Charles Brave, South Carolina AFL-CIO Vice President.

The AFGE members couldn't stay out very long Wednesday as they had to go back to work.

But Partridge says she's planning to go to a rally on Friday at the Capitol.

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