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CITY OF ATLANTA
IVAN ALLEN, JR., MAYOR
R. EARL LANDERS, Admin istra tive Assist ant
MRS. ANN M. MOS ES, Execut ive Secretary
DAN E. SWEAT, JR ., Director of Govern mental Liaison
NEWS RELEASE
C ITY HALL
ATLANTA, GA. 3030 3
Tel. 522-4463 Area Code 404
STATEMENT BY MAYOR !VAN .AL LlE N; ALDE RM.AN 'W ILLIAM T, KNIGHT,
CW..IRMAN, BOARD OF FIREMM> TE RS ; AND CHI EF C, H . HILDEBRAND,
ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT' - - T HUR SDAY , J U NE 9, 19 66, 11:30 A. M ,
More than 500 Atlanta., fi reme n c ontimue to re f u se t o report for d uty
as directed by order of the Fulto n Su.~e r i<r:> r Ca.u rt and b y the authorities of the
City of Atlanta and the A tlanta F i r e 1De pa:rtmen t,
The City A ttorney's office has
asked the Court this morning t o cite th e A tlantta Firefigh t e rs Union, Inde p e ndent,
and its principal officers, J. I. M a rt in amd Leonard Styron, for civil conte mpt
and failure to return to duty as cor del!."ed .
The City of Atlanta h aw, made e,v e r y a tte mpt t o r es olve the pre s e nt
dilemma with the members of tlre Ficre De par h ne nt rhr o ugh thes e m e n who
are the representatives of the sttriki.mg fi1remen .
We hav e d o n e a s m uch a s
is possible under the laws gove r ninW, th e C ity o f Atlanta .
The Union leaders ancn s raki ng; fir el!il'len h ave s how n an utte r contempt
for the laws of the State of Ge or gia am d th e a ut h orit y of the C ity of Atla nta.
They have also shown a reckle s s d is, e ga :rd fo r the prop e rty and live s of the
citizens of this city.
We can no longe r tol e ira te a ctio n wrud.ch pl a c es in jeopa rdy t h e
thousands of lives and millions o f do lar s of p r operty wh ich the s e me n are
under sworn oath to prote ct.
Th e r eJfo r e, w e a re di r e c t i ng a ll employee s o f
the Atlanta Fire D e p a rtm ent who wis h to rema in a s empl oy ee s o f the City to
report to duty on their normal
h i f•Sl no l a te r t han 8: 00 a . m . Saturday.
F a ilure
to report will be conside r e d a V'1olat:i.on a;f the City ' s Civ il S e r vice L a w a nd
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will be used as the basis of charges to be preferredforinattention to or
dereliction of duty.
Employees failing to report will be suspended by the
Chief pending the h ~arings and action will be taken to fill those positions which
remain vacant.
We urge these employees to consider their responsibilities to
the people of Atlanta and to their own families.
Loss of incom.e and the placing
in jeopardy of many years of retirer.nent rights and other accumulated benefits
is a serious and foolish gamble they are taking by refusing to return to their
posts.
The City officials have met with the leaders of the Union in good
faith.
These leaders have stated that they have asked the firemen to obey the
legal authority of the Court and return to their stations but there has been no
response to thitL. request from the Union leadership.
Apparently, there are
no lines of communications now open with Union authority accepted by its
members.
Capt. Martin and Capt. Styron apparently have no control over the
striking members because their request has been ignored.
These two men
also have failed to comply with their own request and have not reported to
their duty stations.
We trust that the members of the Fire Department, many of whom
have worked long years of dedicated servicei: will consider their
responsibilities and obligations to the City, the laws of our State, and to
their families and return to work as directed.

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