Box 1, Folder 15, Document 17

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Box 1, Folder 15, Document 17

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-The Atlanta Firefighters Un-ion Independent will and are ready
at anytime to start negotiations with the Mayor of the City of
Atlanta. We have alw~y§ b@@n r@adyi The AtlAnta Fir@fiBht@ra
have agreed to accept Dr. Erwin D. Harrison's report.
we tried -to do before Friday, September 2.
Dr. Harrison, President, Georgia Institute of Technology, in
his mediator's report, gave the Union the option of a shor_ter
work-hour week or an increase in pay. The report was made
public. I will read in part from Dr. Harrison's report:
~tion I: Reduce average work week from present 60 hours to one
of 56 hours, which permits a three-platoon operation. This is
a fairly common arrangement around the country. This reduction
in hours would be made without any change in total compensation
so that hourly rate would be effectively -increased from the
present figure by an amount slightly above 7%. It should be
emphasized that under this Option the total pay would not be
increased (aside again from any future pay increase granted to
all City employees).
Option II: Maintain the present average work week of 60 hours and
to grant the presently employed firemen the fruits of the in•
crease in the total wage bill which would have resulted from the
necessary employment of additional firemen if Option I were
selected. This increase would amount to 7.14% to be granted on
an "across the board" basis. The Atlanta Firefighters chose
Option II, that the increase in pay start September 1 or be
retroactive from January 2, 1967 to September _l.
We were and are ready to accept
Paul J •. Hallinan, Archbishop of
question of legality be left in
Judge to act as arbitrator, and
both parties.
recommendations of
City of Atlanta, that the
hands of a Superior Court
findings be binding on
The Mayor has refused to sit ·down with our Union at anytime
since August 31, and has refused any offer to end this dispute
by anyone. There are many important people who have tried in the
interest of public safety. We ask why has he refused.

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