About 30 protestors staged a noon march in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s downtown office building on Monday. Most of those who took part belong to labor unions.
Their mission: to put a face on Alaska’s growing jobless problem.
Vince Beltrami, president of the Alaska AFL-CIO, says his group targeted Murkowski, because members fear Republicans will not support extending unemployment insurance benefits.
Beltrami says 3,400 Alaskans will be directly affected, if extended benefits are allowed to expire on December 31st. Beltrami says others will feel the impact as well.
“Those paychecks circulate a ton of money that will hurt businesses, that will hurt services, that will put a strain on those safety net agencies that are already bursting at the seams,” said Beltrami.