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October 4 , 1966
MEMORANDUM
To : Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr .
From : R . Earl Landers
It is our understanding that Don Slayman, head of Civil
Rights department of AFL-CIO in Washington, D . C . ,
is wiring Dr . Martin Luthe~ King doday regarding Dr.
King ' s interest in the Atlanta F iremen' s strike. It is
our underst.anding that Mr. Slayman is advising Dr . K ing
that these men were formerly members of an .A FL-CIO
affiliated union and as such were sworn not to strike.
It is our further understanding that Mr. Slayman will advise Dr. King that AFL-CIO ha a very keen intere tin
the Atlanta strike.
Carl Suth rland was told this morning that one of the
reason numeroue fir em n pulled out of th Local # 134
and joined the new Independent Union w s b cause AFLCIO had contl'ibut d $25, 000. to NAACP. Thi , of cour
could well be lot of gos.sip and should be used accordingly.
REL :lp
�DATES AND EVENTS PERTAINlNO TO FIREMEN'S ST IKE
rcb 18. 1966
nee Committe
Public: he r·ng by F
1A
ti
hour
· ociation of F irefi
or
t r
(.AFL-CIO) .
Fb'em
r que ted 56
foT hour woi-k ci o
nd time and o
e
t reque t of Local 1 134, Int ra •
r 40.
S e Exhibit ii l
, 1 66
May
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July zs. 1966
rrlson held hearing allowin firemen and City to pr
Pr.
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r umenta.
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B
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City to a 56 ho r work
o Jan
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minimtUn two e p
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Exhibit
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�DATES AND EVENTS PEBTAlNING TO FJREMEW STRIKE
March 18. 1966
Public: hearing by Finance Committ e
t ional A
ociation of Firefighter
k
hour work
t reque t of Local 134, Interna-
(AFL - CIO).
nd tune and one
Firemen req
ted 56
li for hour work d ov: r 40.
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, 1966
y
Lett r to Mayor frcm Robert L • .Mitchell, Atto:rn y ,
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Jun 7, 1966
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�September 26, 1966
Mr. Roberts . Mo-rley
4520 Santa Fe Tra il, S . W .
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Dear Mr . Morley:
I appreciate your letter of Septembel' Z3rd and
the copy of your letter to the Atlanta Fire
Fighter Union Independent refuting their many
erroneous statements.
I am most gz teful for your support of the city'&
ctions in this matter.
Sincerely your ,
Ivan Allen,· Jr.
Mayor
lAJr/br
�September 22, 1966
Honorable Ivan Al len
Ma y or of t he City of Atlanta
6e Mitchell Street, S . W.
Atlanta, Georg ia
Dear Mayor Al l en:
Attached is a c opy 01· my rep ly to a "fact She c: t 0 being
cir cil a te.d by t he 1'i r emen I s uni on, of wgi ch you are
no doubt aware of.
There are many areas I do not agree with your phil osophy, but I do not agree with the firemen's union in
regard to the strike whi ch kept Atlanta in an extremely
vulnerable state either. The city handled the situation
very well and if you weee to be subject to criticism, it
would be due to your lenien cy to the strikers. As I
state d in my reply, I will back our firemen now on duty
and i f a raise in pay will attract better men, I am ·in
f avor of such a move.
It is my hop e tha t th e ma jority of Atl antans will exp ress
simil a r vi ew s regar ding this so-c a ll ed fa ct sheet b e i ng
circul a ted.
$n t he Bon d,
it:{~!~
Al a - Mu
Santa Fe Tr a il, s.w.
At l an t a , Georgia 30331.
4520
55
�S~pt mb r 22 1 1966
Atl nt Firefighters Union Indepand n
1960 Lak wood Avenu • s. E.
Atlanta, Georgi
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�September Z6, 1966
Mr . A . C . Morris , Jr .
Assistant Secretary
Associated Mutuals
1401 Pea chtree Building
Atlanta., Georgia 30309
Dear Bert:
Thank you very much for your letter of September
Z3rd regarding the mimeographed ~beet being put
out by the Atlanta Fire Fighters Union Independent.
I appreciate your statement in connection with the
-e i-roneous charge in Item 3.
Sincerely your ,
Iv n Allen, :Ir.
Mayor
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�FO OD INDUSTRIE S FED ERA TION
LUMBERME NS MUTUAL CASUALTY COMPANY
BUILDING OWNERS FEDERATION
PENNSYLVAN I A LUMBERMENS M UTU A L INSURANCE COMPANY
AMERICAN MOTORISTS INSURANCE COMPANY
FEDERAL MU TUAL INSURANCE COMPANY
IM PROVED RISK MUTUALS
AM ERI CAN MANUFACTURERS M UTU A L IN SURA N CE COMPANY
~§~«J,ecJ!l_A~E
~UTIDAJL~
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A CORPORATION l
Fl RE-WINDSTORM-AUTOMOBILE
AND GENERAL CASUALTY
INSURANCE
TELEPHONE 876-5781
PEACHTREE BUILDING
1401
ATLANTA 9, GEORGIA
September
23, 1966
MAYOR IVAN ALLEN
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Mayor:
Don't know that you have seen the enclosed "thing 11
that apparently is being distributed, but thought
you would like to see it.
Being an insurance agent, I know that Paragraph 3
is absolutely erroneous. Simply to verify, I have
talked with the Bureau and confirmed that they do
not anticipate any rate changes and I am sure that
you have also verified this particular matter.
Speak i n g personally, it is my opinion that you
have followed the proper course in this matter.
It is my opinion tha t a vast majority of our citizens feel the same way.
This matter will probably be ratified at the next
city election but let me assure you that I person ally agree with your attitude and actions in this
ma tt er, and in addition in the matter of the riots
which took place not long ago.
I hope that it
won't be long bef ore s ome method will be devised
where by the opinions of resp onsi ble citi z enry can
be more effectively enforced.
·
Sincerely yours,
fl l, 4;1 1rJWvr
A. C. MORRIS, JR.
Assistant Secretary
48-1-241
Encl.
�W H A T _ I . S __ G_0 . I N G
ON
I _N _ 0 U _R .. T _0 W N?
- - --------- ··-·- --- -- -·· · - ··-- ·· ----F1~CTS
1. The City of ;i. tlanta refused to accept the recommendations of mediator,
Edwin Harrison, President of Georgia Tech, and will not discuss or negotiate
with the firemen.
2. The elected officials of this City are in the process of firing over 500
of your professional firefighters and replacing them with untrained personnel.
3. Fire insurance rates will escalate at a tremendous rate.
AGENT IMMEDIATELY FOR VERIFICATION.
CONTACT YOUR
4. If you permit the elected officials of this City to fire your well-trained
and efficient fire department, it could be the greatest disaster this City has
known since Sherman. The truth is, you do not have adequate fire protection
despite the erroneous statements of certain City officials and seeming reassurance of the news media.
5. " It is the paramount duty of municipal officials to provide safeguard for
the security, safety and welfare of the people residing in the community.
Any citizenry would be badly misguided if it allowed a City official to
jeopardize the fire-fighting facilities." (Taken from Special Interest Bulletin
No. 300, National Board of Fire Underwriters.)
6 . You, the public, ar e a victim of circumstances due to the hasty replac e ment of discharged fir emen . The employment standards have been drastically
lowered a nd the training program has been disregarded except for ON-THE-JOB
TRA I NI NG. What will happen to your home or your family during the proc e s s
o f on- the- j ob t r ain ing?
The purpose of this hand-b i ll being de liv er ed to your home is becaus e we
have been unabl e t o pre s ent our ca s e to you thr ough news med i a , e ithe r
by news relea ses or paid a dver t i sements .
If you are concerned with t he fo rego ing f ac t s, tear o ff t he de t achment
below· and mail.
ATL.-i.NTA FIREFIGHTERS UNION INDEPENDENT
1960 Lakewood Avenue, S. E.
622-8108

--------- -------------------- ---- ----- -- --------------------------------·
September, 1966
Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor, City of L'.;. t lanta
City Hall
68 Mitchell Str eet, S. W.
Atlanta, Geor g ia
We hold you directly responsible for the protection of life and property
against ravages of fire and disaster.
We demand a well-trained and experienced Fire Department IMMEDI!-1.TELY.
Signed
Address
�"
Jfutrruatinual A11anriatinu nf JJ1irt JJ1igqtrrs
905- 16TH STREET, N . W . , WASH INGTON 6 , D . C .
17 ~
11
\
Octa ·
S,. 1966
\
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�The Reverend Martin Luther King
- 2 ....
O.o tober
s,
1966
You have made clear on a number of occasions, Reverend King, your
own belief in and support for the basic prin.c iples of tbe trade union
U10v-err11:mt and the AFirCIO, which our union supports as a ·1.oyal affiliate,
We would hope~ and we do request, that you ;,e,,.evaluate your position in
l'egard to this small group in Atlanta which ha.s br-oken away from its
parent union and turned its back on fundamental trade union res-.ponsibilities
in the ·fire · fighting service+ ·
We· do \>:elie.ve that when you have done so, and when you consider the
po ition of our union and of the Af'tr-CIO in this matter, you will agree
that this Atlanta group of former fire fight~s do not merit your concern
or support.
We shall be glad to give you any further information you wish, and I
am enclosing a number of our past statements and summaries of action as a
matter of possible interest.
Very truly yours
"
r
Wm. D. auek
President
WDB:ib
opeiu2
enclosures
cc~ -Rev. H rtin Luther King - warren Av,
Congregational Church, Chicago
../Jton. Ivan All n, Mayor of Atlanta, G .
Mr. Ch rlos Slli t Pr .aident Local #134, Atlanta, Ga.
�re1
l
v •ce o
g-/ 'j
ediator /J~ .
By MARION GAINES
The possibility of an o the r
s t r i k e by Atlanta firemen .
'loomed Monday after a fire- ,
•.men's · union official declared
'that a mediator's proposals were
"totally unacceptable."
The proposals were put forth
Monday morning by Dr. Edwin ,
Harrison, president of Georgia, 'j
Tech, who was named mediator
by both the firemen and the
Chief Jenkins calls for improvements in Atlanta Police
Department working conditions. Page 9.
City of Atlanta as part of the
settlement of a three-day walk, ou t by some 550 firefighters in
early June.
Dr. Harrison recommended
that the city ei ther decrease the
firemen's work week to 56 hours
(fro m the present 60) or increase their salaries an equivalent amount by Jan. l.
"Basically, this leaves us right
where we started" (before the
June walkout), said Capt. J ack
Martin, president of the Atlanta
Firefighters Union, Independent.
LEADERS CONFER
Capt. Martin conferred in the
afternoon with the union 's executive board and later in the
night with some 267 of his union
membership.
The results of both meetings
left no doubt that the firemen
are extremely displeased with
Dr. Harrison's recommendations, which are not binding on
either the city or . the firemen
under terms of the resolution by
Atlan 1.a aldermen authorizing the
mediation.
After a station-by-station poll
Monday night, Capt. Martin reported that the firemen at the
union meeting voted unanimously "to wholeheartedly reject"
Harrison's findings.
He said they also pa ed a
resolution authorizing the executive board "to take any action
we should determine necessary" !
in the dispute.
'MORf DESPERATE'
As for a walkout, he said,
I
.011ii
1Ucd on P11ge 8, Column 1
.._..,
2
{.e .
Continued From Page 1 then to meet separately a n d
joi ntly in order to define the
" These men are becoming more citv's position in this matter."
and more desperate."
. · l\1ayor Allen sai d the alderMartin said he still has in hand manic board already has stated
mass resignations given him it will give first consideration
two and a half months ago to do in next year's budget to the
with as he sees fit.
establishment of a 5li-hour work
In answer to newsmen 's ques- week for Atlanta fire men."





Wons, Capt. Martin said _the " Th implementation o,f the ;
tl!,ion was "miking for the 1·1gltt 56-llotir' woi·k \veek wlll 1ft fl6 ,
of coll ective bargaining."
way decrease the city's respo~- ;
He said his union would not !·e- sibility to consider i~creases_m
ject "compulsory arbih·at10n fir emen·s sa lan es 111 keep mg •
wi th ~roper ·safeguards. "
with the recommendations" in '
MEETING TODAY
the upcoming PAS report, said ,
The union will hold another the mayor.
,
meeting Tuesday morn_in_g for i~s Putting into effect either the /
second shift. Union offlcrnls sa1d 56-hour week or an equivalent
their executive board would pay increase for the firemen
meet after that to determine its would cost the city some $400,000
course of action.
annually. Capt. Martin said in re,<;~iv2
ing Harrison's . report was like OPTIONS GIVEN
waking up on Christmas morn.:- Dr. Harrison gave the firemen two options: accept_ing eithing-and no Santa Claus."
"Right now, we are more er the equ ivalent pay mcrease
&hocked and confused than any- or the four-hour per week work
reduction.
thmg," he said.
._
First reaction from f1rem e1. In terms of money he said,
in the station house indicates that would mean a month ly pay
they are ready to walk o~t increase of about $28 for beginaga in "in an effort. to get t1le1r ni ng firemen and about $35 _for i
top-scale firemen. The st_artmg
poiot across," he sa id.
'·We thought we had made our pay for the city's fi remen 1s now
. .
poin t," he said, "but ev idently $403 a month.
Dr. Harrison said the dec1s1on
we didn't"
Capt. Martin said that, in his on the options shou ld be "left
opinion, it would 'defini tely ta_ke entirely to the firemen."
He added: "It should be unmore than a two-step (pay) inderstood that whichever option
crease" to satisfy his union .
Dr. Harrison pointed out in is elected, it is not to be con- ·
his findings that the city now sidercd a substitute fo r, nor an
has under way .an independent offset against, any future g~mstudy of all city government sal- cral increases granted to city
aries by the Pubic Administra- employes at large ."
tion Service of Chicago.
The PAS salary report is due
.
Sept. 15.
The firemen had asked Dr.
Harrison, at a July 25 hearing,
for a finding that they are ·entitled to a $100 a month pay
raise and a 48-hour work week
retroactive to Juhe 1.
Dr. Harrison said he recognized that his findings did not
come close to meeting the firemen's requests. But he sa id he
believed the city " has attempted within its limited resources,
to 'treat its employes, including
firemen, in a fair manner."
MAYOR ASKS ACTION
Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. said he
was asking three city agencies
to consider Dr. Harrison's recommendation immediately, and
�COMPARISON OF EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
FIREMEN WITH GENERAL EMPLOYEES
Exhibit
JULY 19, 1966
General
Employees
Pension
Employee Contribution(% of salary):
With Beneficiary
Without Beneficiary
City Matches
Normal Retirement Age
Early Retirement Age
Penalty for Early Retirement (Per Year)
Service Allowed for Disability in Line of Duty
Portion of Pension Due Beneficiary
Portion of Pension Due Beneficiary When Employee
is Killed in Line of Duty
Service Pension - 25 years service, Age 55, $500 Salary
Service Pension - 30 years service, Age 60, $500 Salary
Disability Pension - Not in Line of Duty, 15 years
service, $500 salary
Disability Pension - In Line of Duty, 15 years
service, $500 salary
-B.e.~
Firemen
6%
5%
100%
60
6'7.
5'7.
100-Z
55
50
2%
Actual Service
1/2
1/2
202.50
270.00
55
3'1.
35 Years
1/2
3/4
250.00
287.50
135.00
150.00
135.00
325.00
10,000.00
10,000.00
ne ~ et.tlclNMl
Life Insurance
Coverage (Maximum
Premium per $1,000 Coverage:
Employee
Wife
Children
Wife & Children
Disability Payment of Face Amount to Age 60
.70
.63
.27
.87
Yes
.70
.S4
.54
1.08
No
�CD11PARISON OF Ei:1PLOYEE BENEFITS
FIREMEN WITH GENERAL EMPLOYEES
JULY 19, 1966 (Continued)
General
Employees
Firemen
Hospitalization Insurance
Employee Cont~ibution:
Employee
Employee and Spouse
Employee, wife and children
1.17
4.22
4.87
1.17
4.22
4.87
10.00
200.00
100.00
10.00
200.00
100.00
Continuation of Salary in event of
disability in line of duty
None
1 year
Payments to widm-1 in event of death
in line of duty
None
Salary
Continued
one year
Benefit:
Daily Room (Maximum 31 days)
Surgical (Maximum)
Other Hospital Expenses
Other Benefits
�...---
.
The Atlanta Firefighters Union Independent will and are ready
at anytime to start negotiations with the Mayor of the City of
Atlanta. We have always been ready. The Atlanta Firefightera
have agreed to accept Dr. Erwin D. Harrison's report. This
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 shorter
work-hour week or an increase in pay. The report was made
public. I will read in part from Dr. Harrison's report:
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Option 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 arr~ngement around the country. This reduction
in hours would be w,tde 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 inciease granted to
all City employees).
Opti on II: Maintain the present average work week of 60 hours and
to grant the presently employed firemen the fruits of the increase 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 "acr oss the board" basis. The Atlanta Firefighter s chose
Opti on II, that the increase in pay start September 1 or be
retroactive from January 2, 1967 to September 1.
We wer e and are ready to accept
Paul J. Ha llinan, Archbishop of
question of l egality be left in
Judge to act a s arbitr ator, and
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City of Atlanta, that the
hands of a Super ior Court
findings be bind ing on
The Mayor has refused to s it down with our Uni on at anytime
s ince August 31, and has refused any offer t o end t hi s dispute
by anyone. There are many i mportant peop l e who have tried in the
interest of public safety. We ask why has he refused.
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905 Si~t0enth Street, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20036
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1120 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Wash ington, D. C. 20036
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F'OR IMMEDIATE R:C:LEASE, SEPTEMBER 8, 19-_66_
AFL-CIO PRESIDENT MEANY, FIRE FIGHTERS' PRESIDENT BUCK
VOICE -SUPPORT FOR'NON-STRIKING MEMBERS OF
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ATLANTA FIRE FIGHTERS' UNION
WASHINGTON--Staternents of support for the members
of Local 134 of the International Association of Fire Figh ·c,.=-::-' ": ,
who declined to join a strike by a breakaway unaffiliated.
organization of fire fighters was voiced today by AFL-CIO
President George Meany and President Wm. D. Bucko:' the
International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO.
Mr. Meany said in a tel egram to President Jam es
Moore of the Atlanta Labor Council, AFL-CIO, that:
"President Buck of International Association of Fire Fighters
has informed me of the vicious campaign being carried on to
condemn those members of Local 134 bf Fire Fighters in
Atlanta who have remained loyal to observance of their
international union constitution prohibiting strikes.
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to lend all moral support to those loyal members of
Local 134 who are aware of their obligation, as fire
fighters, to the public safety of the city of Atlanta. 11
Imm~Ji~t cly followin g the anncuncement
Mr. Meany 1 s wire, IAFF President Buck issued the folloKing
statement:
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"The officers and members of the International
Association of Fire Fighters are gratified by the stater.:ent
of support issued by AFL-CIO President George Meany on
behalf of the responsible and courageous members of Local 13L~ ,
IAFF, who have kept faith with their responsibility to
prot e ct the people bf Atlanta from fire under all possible
circumstances.
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It is time to set the record straight and cl ear.
The g ood union memb ers in Atlanta are the members of
Lo cal J34 who hav e s tayPd at th eir post, in acc ordance
with their union constitution and their personal oath of
r esponsibility.
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In a ll the exci t ement of charges a nd accu s ation.,
propag anda has clouded over the fact that these Local 13~members are the r ea.l trade unionists , who deserve tl:ie
support of organized labor an d the general public.
George
Meany has clearly seen t he true facts and on behalf of
American labor h e has spoken out in support of basic
AFL- CIO principles.
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· "The IAFF recognizes that tl)e fire fighters
of Atlanta have for many years had serious grievances,
and the city g overnment's slowness in responding to the
needs of the fire fighters is directly to blame for the
present situation.
But even that past failure on the
part of the city government does not justify the action
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of those who walked away from their union and . their
obligation.
"On behalf of the IAFF we salute the men of
Local 134 who stayed at their post.
We can only hope
that Atlanta recognizes and applauds their loyalty by
developing a program of real and effective collective
bargaining and we offer our full support in helping them
rebuild Local 134 to full strength once again."


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THE ATLANTA JOURNAL
Wednesday, September 7, 1966
rrcapt. James I. Martin, union president, said his independent
union i s also contacting off icials of locals of the International
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IAFF national president William Buck.
"Capt. Martin's union wants IAFF members in Atlanta to walk
off the job, which they have not done.
He said IAFF locals in
Boston, St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Spokane, Wash., and
Louisville, Ky., have sent telegrams to Mr. Buck requesting that he
ask Local 134 in Atlanta to strike .
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The troubl e began last spring. At that
Atlanta burning?
time the only union represen tin g Atlanta
Fire Chief C. H. Hildebrand, Jr., firem en was the International Association
supplies the answe rs . Ily regrouping the of Fire Fighters, affiliated with the AFLmore than 250 firefighters who stayed CIO. This union has a no-strike clause
on the job, Chief Hildebrand w:is able in its 'constitution·. The union asked the
to get 19 of the city's 32 fire stations in
city to reduce the firemen's workweek
full operation within four days after the from 60 to 56 hours.
strike began.
City officials rejected that reques t on
All available firem en were put on the ground that such a move would
long shifts, and 89 policemen were . as-__ amount to a pay boost that would b e ilsigned to" the ffre· d epartiiierit....:.most of - legal at that time of year und er the city
them to fill nonfirefighting charter.
jobs.
The Atlanta cha rter prohibits pay
As a final step, the city raises after March 31 of each year, un ti!
of Atlanta called into effect the beginning of th e next year. City ofa mutual-assistance pact with ficial s, however, promised to conside r ·
th e fire departments of sur- the shorter workweek at the end of the
rounding munidpalities.
year.
Atlanta's fire chief says
A change of unions. Dissid ent firethat this opens the "possihil- men then broke away from the AFL-CIO
ity" of calling in 10 fire- union and organized an independent
• fighting units "reasonably loca l called the Atlanta F ire Fighters
quickly" in the event of a Union . Its constitu tion does not contain
major fire, and an additional a no-strike clause.
half dozen or more from
In Jun e the independ ent union went
more-distant points.
on strike to en fo rce the firemen's deChief is confident. The
mands . The strikin g firem en agreed to
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units. Adding to these the 16 Th e mediator recommended an in crease
additiona l units that might in firemen's wages or a reducti on in
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be called in for an extreme working hours.
Fire communications desk-unmann ed
emergency would bring AtCity offi cials accepted both su ggeslanta's fire d efenses back up tions-n ot just one-but said both wo uld
to more than three q uarters have to wait until January 1, in keep ing
of normal strength, Mr. Hildebrand esti- with the law.
ATLANTA mates. That, he believes, should be
The city's offer amounted to an 8.6 6
Two thirds of the tremen in this ma- enough to handle anythin g.
per cent pay increase in cash, plus the
jor Southern city wa lked off thei r jobs
Fire insurance und erwriters appea r to equ iva lent of a 7.14 per cent raise in the
on September 2 in a strike for immedi- agree. Jason Woodall, manager of the form of a shorter workweek-in all, a
ate pay raises. They went out in viola- Southeastern Underwriters Association, total of 15.8 per cent.
tiou .. of a C.eor,gis1.. _Stat~ _l aw, and they · says there are· no plans to boost AtlanUnder existing pay sca les, beg inning
firemen get $403 a month. On January 1,
stayed out· ·in defian ce of a court order ta's fire insuranc·e rates.
to return to work.
Mr. Woodall says the association "feels the starting rate is to rise to $438 a
All of th e nearly 500 striking firemen that protection for ordinary homes is month . The top pay for privates is to go
were suspended without pay. Mayor .. . reasonable."
·· ·· to $638 a mo nth on January 1, from the
"Our concern," he adds, "lies in the present $563.
Ivan All en, Jr. , refused to negotiate
with the strikers. Instead, he ordered
possibility of fires in the congested downSlill ,not enough. The ind ependent
a , recrnitin g dri ve for new firemen to town areas."
union again struck on Sep tember 2, de..611 -the vacant jobs.
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The suspended firemen were given 10 derwriters "prefer to give the city an immediately.
d ays to show why they should not be opportunity to work this thing out."
Within hours after the strike bepu\,
fired .
Whether or not there are to be increases Judge Luther Alverson of the F u lton
Mayor Allen says that most of the strik- . in fire-insurance rates, he indicates, de- County Superior Court ordered the strikers will__be . fi red, Thus, a major. city is pends on ,how long it takes to get the ers back to work.
Atlanta officials moved fast
when 500 firemen struck.
Strikers were suspended without pay. Shifts were lengthened
for firemen who stayed on their
jobs. Policemen helped man fire
stations. And the city began hiring replacements for strikers.
left with its defense against fires seriously
fire depllt'tment back to normal.
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St:-i te law provides th:-i t "no prrson
hold ing a position b y appointmen t or
employment in the gove rnment of the
State of Georgia or any agenc~·, au thority, b oard , commission or public institution thereof, shall p romote, encourage or
participa te in any strike. "
The Georgia State government grants
charter.~ to cities, and this is inte111reted
as making the ci ties political institutions
of the State, and their employes subject
to State law,
Immedia tely a fter the ordei· was issued , F ire Chief I-Iildeh ra nd served notice that all firem en absent without
authorization should rep ort at their uext
regular shift or b e suspended. A few fir(!m en re turned.
Mayor calls strike illegal. :\!ayor
Allen refused to negotiate wi th the striker.~ on the ground that they were using
illegal means in an effort to force the
city to grant an illegal p ay raise,
F iremen's wives began sporadic picketing of city hall and of the J op crati ng
fire stations, F iremen kept their children
out of school, on the ground that the
schools were not safe because of inadeq uate fi re protection.
T he hi ring of new men to replace the
strikers went stead ilv ahead , llv Septemb er 8, the · city ha'd applications from
117 men. Of these, .51-:32 whites and HJ
N egroes- had passed w ritten examina- .
tions and were eligib le to be h ired if
tJ.iey passed p hysical exam inations,
· A h andful of the strikers sought _to go
/ back to work, saying they would like to
forgct the who) ~ thing , Officials refused
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to take them bacK.
T he re p lacements must undergo rigorous training fo r three weeks be fore bein_g
assigned to active d uty, F ire officials estim ate that it will take at leas t a year to
rebuild the Atlan ta fire depart ment to
fu ll strength.
C ity officials and officials of the AFLCIO
F ire F ighters U nio_n, meanwh!le,
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· that is really b ehind the fire department's troubles. T hey note that the striking fi remen have their headquarters in
the Atlanta Teamsters Union hall.
"This is a p ower g rab." O fficials
note, too, that Tony Zivalich, a Teamsters organizer, sits in on all of the stnkers' strategy meetings, and that Robert
L. Mitchell, attorney for the local Teamsters, is the striking fi remen's lawyer.
"This is a power grab," snaps an official
of the AFL-CIO F iremen's Union. "The
reasons they give for striking don't make
sense. T hey say th ey've got to h ave their
pay raise right now instead of fou r
months from now, when the ci ty has
agreed to give it to them, And for tha t
they are jeopard izing the safcty of this
whole city.
"They want to put the AFL-CIO ou t
of business here and take over the whole
fi re d ep artment. T hen the T eams ters will
take them over and the T eamsters will
run the fire department."
Since the strike started, at least two
fires have been started by Molotov cocktails. ·w hether these were thrown by
strikers, rioters or others has not been
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a tire company were destroyed by one
of the Molotov-cocktail fires . Damage
was estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.
Another Molotov cocktail was tossed
onto the roof of a one-story home, b ut
the blaze did little damage. False
alarms have been numerous.
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Commu nications \Vorkers of America
have signed a three-yea r contract that :
• Averts a strike that had been threatening for weeks against the man ufacturing arm of the American T elephone &
Telegraph Company.
• Provides pay raise.~ averaging 17)2
cents an hour for 23,000 installers of
central-station equipment , retroactive to
Jul y 28. The company estimated the increases at 5.5 to 6 per cent, or about 4
per cent on an annua l basis.
• Permi ts reopening of the contract
on wages after 18 months.
• In creases fri nge benrfi ts by more
than 1 p er cent over th ree years.
Under the new contract, hou rl y wage
rates fo r beginning in,q allers wi ll range
from $1.87 to $2.03 an l10ur. Top rates
will range from $3.70 to $4 an hour.
T he union hopes the new con tract
with 'vVestern Electric will set a pa ttern
fo r other subsidiaries of AT&T in negotiations in coming months.
The pay raise fo r \ Vcstcrn E lectric's
workers was well above the Joh n.~on Administration's wage guideposts of 3. 2 per
cent a yea r. But Joseph A. Beirne, presiden t of the union, contc11 dcd that the
settlement was not inflationary. He said
the guideposts "were never designed to
be strait jackets."
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September 8, 1966
Mr. James Moore, President
Atlanta Labor Council , AFL- CIO
250 10th Street, N. E. Atlanta, Ga.
PRESIDENT BUCK or INTER.t\!ATIONAL ASSO CIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS
l!AS INFORMED ME OF THE VICIOUS CAMPAIGN BEING CARRIED ON TO
CONDEMN THOSE MEMBERS OF LOCAL 134 of FIRE FIGHTERS IN
ATLANTA WHO lIAVE REMAINED LOYAL TO OBSERVANCE OF THEIR INTERNATIONAL UNION CONSTI TUTION PROHIBITING STRIKES.
I WOULD URGE YOU AND ATLANTA LABOR COUNCIL TO LEND ALL MORAL
SUPPORT TO THOSE LOYAL MEMBERS OF LOCAL 134 WHO ARE AWARE OF
THEIR OBLIGATION , AS FIREFIGHTERS, TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY OF THE
CITY OF ATLANTA
GEORGE MEANY
PRESIDENT
AFL-CIO
�September 3, 1966
Most Reve rend Paul J . Hallinan
Archbishop of Atlanta
2699 Peachtre e Road. N . E .
Atlanta, Ci orgia 30305
Dear Archbishop Hallinan :
Thank you very much for your letter , for which
I am most grateful.
I regret that it cam.e at a time when the llCity was
already completing its ood faith effort • How v r,
I am referrin it to the City Attoniey and asking him
to giv full con id ration to it iD a confidential vein.
Thank you for your interest.
Sine r ly,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
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Peachtree Road.N.E.
P 0. Box 12047. Northside Station
Atlanta.Georgia 30305
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September 2, 1966
To:
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor
Captain J. I. Martin, President, Atlanta Fire Fighters
Union Independent
The Honorable Sam Phillips McKenzie, Judge, Superior
Court, Fulton County
Our City of Atlanta is again con£ronted with the grave
probability of another and more serious lack of fire protection.
As one of the spiritual and moral leaders of the community, I
feel that I have an obligation to speak out to both parties involved in the present confrontation over the wages, hours and
working conditions of the Atlanta firemen, together with the impending work stoppage. As a religious leader, I am concerned about
the justice involved on both sides : On the one hand the responsibility of the firemen to the community and the public interest;
and on the other hand the responsibility of the co11D1Unity to the
firemen and their families. The obligations in justice are mutual.
As a citizen I am concerned over the practical implementation of
this matter.
I also speak as one who is responsible for a school system
in which thousands of children are enrolled. surely everything
possible must be done to assure the protection of all the children
who are returning to school this week.
From all the information I have received from the news
media and other sources as well as Dr. E. D. Harrison's recent
hearing and findings, it seems to be well established, and generally
agreed by all, that the aunicipal employees of the City are not on
a wage-hour scale commensurate with current economic standards for
similar services. That this general problem of inequitable working
conditions for municipal employees requires a solution in the near
future is without doubt. Nevertheless, the present problem is in the
specific arm.of the Fire Department and its demands. I have heard
that it is agreed that monies are availabvle from present 1966 appropriations for the Fire Department due to unfilled vacancies in
that Department throughout the past year.
On the other hand, the greatest obstacle at the present
time in granting the increase imm diately or retroactively from
September 1, 1966 seems to be a legal one: namely, a law of the
State of Georgia which prohibits the City of Atlanta from granting
any pay raises after March 1 of the current fiscal yearo The legal
opinion that such a retroactive pay raise is illegal has been tendered by both the City Attorney and an unknown attorney employed by
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Dr. Harrison. The attorney for the Atlanta Fire Fighters Union
Independent is of a different opinion.
I realize that both parties have been subjected to various
pressures to resolve these differences and both parties are also under
great press ure from those whcae concern is other than the firemen's
immediate, economic problems. I feel that the Mayor has acted in good
faith in his defacto recognition of captain J. I. Martin representing
the voice of the .majority of the firemen in the f>epartment. I have
first hand information that Captain Martin and his Executive Board
have been trying to do everything that is humanly possible to avoid
another work stoppage, and that is his responsibility. Mayor Allen
and the City are on record as recognizing and being in sympathy with
the needs of the situation. Both parties, therefore, seem to be working honestly and in good faith.
Since it seems to be a legal question which threatens our
collllllUnity with such disasterous and unbearable consequences, may I
respectfully suggest that the following possible solution be carefully
considered:
First: That both parties put their legal differences in
writing (perhaps in the form of a suit for a declaratory judgment).
Second: That this legal difference of opinion be resolved
by submitting this legal point, and only this legal point, to an
impartial legal arbitrator whose expertise in legal matters and sense
of fairness are unquestionable.
Third: Tha t this legal expert be Judge Sam Phillips McKenzi e ,
subj ect to the approval of the Chief Judge of the Superior Court, the
Honorable Virlyn Moore.
Fourth: Tha t t he attorneys for both par tie s submit their c a se
to Judge McKenzie within 48 hours eithe r by or al a rgumentation or by
means of written brief or both f or his consider ed j udgment .
Fifth : Tha t thi s j udgment be rendered as expedi t iously as
possible by Judge McKenz i e afte r due consi der a tion.
Sixt h: 1£ J udge McKenzie r ules that such a ret roact i ve increase is ill egal then the Uni on agrees that i t wi l l cease any further
economic action to secure its demands prior to January 1, 1967.
Seventh: 1£ Judge McKenzie rules that the City may lega lly
grant said increase in salary and relief for the firemen out of available surplus funds (assuming the funds are available), then the City
will grant such increases, retroac tively to Sep tember l , 1966 , as may
be a greed upon by the parties .
I realize t hat this is a s t op -gap and teaporary solution and
does not bring int o the picture the PAS report or the concern of other
parties for the plight of other city empl oyees. I believe, however,
that it would certainly how the citizens of Atlanta that both partie
have gone the last ail in order to bring about a reasonable, honorable
nd just settlement .
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another strike by their firemen, and I do not think the citizens
will tolerate their firemen not receiving fair and just wages and
working hours.
If my offices can be used by either or both parties in resolving these or other differences, I respectfully offer their full
resources. Should this be the case, I ask that you contact the
Auxiliary Bishop, Most Reverend Joseph L. Bernardin, since I am
presently in st. Joseph's Infirmary undergoing some tests.
May I ask that you consider this letter strictly confidential.
A copy has been sent only to the three persons ·named on the first page.
No mention of this has been made to the news media.
Respectfully yours,
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Archbishop of Atlanta
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Berkeley, California
Detroit, Michigan
Fresno, California
Anaheim, California
Minneapo l is, Minnesota
Gar y, Indiana
Jer sey City, New Jer sey
Chicago , Ill ino i s
Portland, Or egon
St . Paul , Minnesota
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Philadelphia, Pennsyl vania
Cleveland, Ohi o
New Haven, Connecticut
Newark, New Jer sey
Roche ster , New York
Columbus , Ohio
Toledo , Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Denver, Col orado
Rockford, Illinois
Phoenix, Arizona
Dayton, Ohio
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Houston,Texas
Dallas, Texas
St. Louis, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Tucson, Arizona
Wichita, Kansas
Sur vey by City of Atlanta Compt rol ler ' s Of fic e , June, 1966
Population
Class
(See Note)
C
D
A
D
D
C
D
C
A
C
C
B
A
B
D
C
C
C
C
C
C
D
C
C
D
B
B
B
C
D
C
Be~innin~ Sal ary
Monthly
Rank
Maximum Salary
Monthly
Rank
686
644
619
592
584
564
731
710
695
693
710
627
555
584
629
641
615
602
549
624
533
584
586
683
564
544
688
536
588
562
541
514
564
564
559
550
545
555
551
523
520
515
509
508
507
500
496
489
485
482
477
475
473
47 2.
471
470
467
464
464
460
460
450
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
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2
4
5
3
10
24
16
9
8
12
13
26
11
36
17
15
7
18
28
6
33
14
22
30
37
19
20
23
25
27
Workweek
(Hours)
56
56
56
56
63
60
56
42
56
56
60
56
48
56
56
42
48
56
54
63
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56
56
56
56
56
56
60
56
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City
Population
Class
(See Note)
Memphis, Tennessee
C
Jacksonville, Florida
D
Hartford, Connecticut
D
Baltimore, Maryland
B
Spokane, Washington
D
Indianapolis, Indiana
C
Buffalo, New York
B
Norfolk, Virginia
C
Ft. Worth, Texas
C
Des Moines, Iowa
D
Birmingham, Alabama
C
Miami, Florida
C
Oklahoma Ci tb Oklahoma ______ C _ _ _ _ _ _
Atlant~ Geo~ia __________ c ______
Worchester, Massachusetts
D
Omaha, Nebraska
C
Nashville, Tennessee
C
Topeka, Kansas
D
Louisville, Kentucky
C
Fall River, Massachusetts
E
Columbus, Georgia
D
Tampa, Florida
C
St. Petersburg, Florida
D
Greensboro, North Carolina
D
San Antonio, Texas
B
Savannah, Georgia
D
New Orleans, Louisiana
B
Mobile, Alabama
D
Montgomery, Alabama
D
Little Rock, Arkansas
D
Beginning Salary
Monthly
Rank
Maximum Salary
Monthly
Rank
450
32
450
33
448
34
445
35
443
36
438
37
433
38
422
39
422
40
418
41
413
42
409
43
405 _____ 44 _ _ _ _
403_ J. _ ,__ 45 ____
402
46
400
47
400
48
395
49
391
50
390
51
368
52
365
53
364
54
362
55
360
56
348
57
345
58
343
59
330
60
325
61
535
450
538
539
510
563
542
535
480
506
501
497
450 _ _
497_ ~
510
500
486
456
478
453
422
472
464
502
444
405
427
440
425
Workweek
(Hours)
34
72
53
56
32
56
31
56.5
38
56
21
56
29
50
35
72
47
58
40
56
42
56
44
56
_ _ 54 ______ 66 __ _
,e, . _45 ______ 60 __ _
39
48
43
60
46
60
59.4
51
56
48
48
52
72
59
56
49
56
50
72
41
56
55
72
60
52
57
56
56
56
58
72
Average - All cities above
543.28
57.56
456.08
Note: Population classes, based on the 1960 Population are as follows:
A - Over 1,000,000; B - 500,000 to 1,000,000; C - 250,000 to 500,000; D - 100,000 to 250,000; E ·· 50,000 to 100,000
�BEGINNING AND MAXIMUM MONTHLY SALARIES
AND WORKWEEK OF FIREFIGHTERS
CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF 250,000 TO 500,000
ACCORDING TO THE 1960 CENSUS
Source:
Ex..'lib it
Survey by City of Atlanta Comptrollers' Office, June, -1966
Beginning Salary
Monthly
Rank
Maximum Salary
Monthly
Rank
Oakland, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jersey City, New Jersey
Portland, Oregon
St. Paul, Minnesota
Newark , New Jersey
Rochester, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Akron, Ohio
Denver, Colorado
Phoenix, Arizona
Dayton, Ohio
Kansas City, Missouri
Wichita, Kansas
Memphis, Tennessee
I ndi anapoli8 , Ind i ana
Nor folk, Vir gini a
For t Worth, Texas
Birmingham , Al abama
Miami, Florid a
Okl ahoma City ., Ok lahoma
686
564
551
520
515
496
489
485
482
477
475
470
471
460
450
450
438
426
422
4 13
409
405
731
627
584
641
615
584
586
683
564
544
688
588
562
559
545
535
563
535
480
50 1
497
450
1
5
9
4
6
10
8
3
11
16
2
7
13
14
15
17
12
18
24
19
21
26
56
60
42
56
60
42
48
56
54
63
67.6
56
56
56
66
72
56
72
58
56
56
66
Nashvi11e, Tennes s ee
Louisville , Kentucky
Tampa, Florida
Average - All Cities Ab ove
400
391
365
463.44
486
45 6
422
556~41
23
25
27
60
56
56
58 002
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Workweek
(Hours)
Atlant~ Gear- ra- - - - - - - - - - - - 4 03 R.- -23 - - - - - 497- f. .-22 - - - - - - -60 - - 143.215.248.55N~~la----------- '"400 ____
24 _____ s oo-~-2cr------bcr --25
26
27
�BEGINNING AND MAXIMUI1 MONTHLY SALARIES
AND WORKWEEK OF FIREFIGHTERS
Source:
Exhibit
SOUTHEASTERN ~
OVER 100,000 f CPULATION
C /f i eJ
Survey by City of Atlanta Comptrollers' Office, June, 1966
Beginning Salary
Monthly
Rank
Maximum Salary
Monthly
Rank
Workweek
(Hours)
Memphis, Tennessee
450
1
545
1
66
Jacksonville, Florida
450
2
450
9
56
Birmingham, Alabama
413
3
501
2
56
Miami, Florida
409
4
497
3
56
Atlanta, -Georgia- - - - - - - - - - - - -403- - - - - 5 - - - - - -497- - - - 4 - - - - - - -60 - - Nashville, Tennessee- - - - - - - - - -400- - - - - 6 - - - - - 486- - - - 5 - - - - - -60 - - Columbus, Georgia
368
7
453
8
72
Tampa, Florida
365
8
422
13
56
St. Petersburg, Florida
364
9
472
6
56
Greensboro, North Carolina
362
10
464
7
72
Savannah, Georgia
348
11
444
10
72
New Orleans, Louisiana
345
12
405
14
52
Mobile, Alabama
343
13
427
12
56
Montgomery, Alabama
330
14
440
11
56
Average - All Cities Above
382.14
464.50
60.43
�BEGINNING AND MAXIMUM MONTHLY SALARIES
AND WORKWEEK OF FIREFIGHTERS
GEORGIA CITIES , OVE~ 20.000 POPULATION
Source:
Exhibit
Georgia Municipal Association Survey 1966
Beginning Salary
Monthly
~
Maximum Salary
Monthly
Rank
Marietta
420
1
525
1
College Park
Decatur
Columbus
Athens
Macon
Rome
Savannah
Augusta
Griffin
Valdosta
LaGrange
Brunswick
Albany
Waycross
379
370
368
363
353
349
348
334
325
313
312
297
286
266
4
5
6
7
8
9
477
468
453
392
435
388
444
382
375
375
360
327
394
323
3
4
5
10
8
72
11
6
72
Aver age
345.65
Workweek
~-
72
~G~~::::::::::::::::!@:::::~:::::1~::::~::::::~~::
East Point
390
3
440
7
60
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
415.00
12
13
14
15
16
9
17
72
72
72
72
72
40
72
72
84
84
72
72
70 . 12
�SALARY INCREASES GRANTED FOR THE YEARS 1959-1966
ALONG WITH APPROXIMATE ANNUAL COST
Salary
Range
No.
Salary of Firemen January 1, 1958
One Step Salary Increase Granted 1959
Salary After 1959 Increase
Two Step Salary Increase Granted 1960
Salary After 1960 Increase
Two Step Increase Granted 1962
Salary After 1962 Increase
Two Step Increase Granted 1965
Salary After 1965 Increase
One Step Increase Granted 1966
Present Salary of Firemen
30
31
33
35
37
38
Minimum Salary
(Step One)
Amount
% Increase
Maximum Salary
(Step Six)
Amount
% Increase
288.00
12.00
300.00
26.00
326.00
29.00
355.00
31.00
386.00
17.00
403.00
355.00
15.00
370.00
33.00
403.00
35.00
438.00
38.00
476.00
21.00
497.00
4.17
8.67
8.90
8.73
4.40
Police-I Step,Other-None
123,077
252,104
8.92
285,322
Police-2 Step,Other-1 Step
768,331
1,053,653
8.68
346,826
2 Step
1,641,346
1,988,172
8.68
378,552
Police-2 Step,Other-1 Step
1,136,853
1,515,405
4.41
209,260
1 Step
1,068,609
1,277,869
1 1 348z987
4 2 738 2 216
6 1087 1 203
210,395
219,336
228,659
238,377
248,470
1,122,805
1,170,525
1,220,272
1,272,134
1,326,205
1,333,200
1,389,861
1,448,931
1,510,511
1,574,675
40.00
Increase in Consumer Price Index (1957-59
Avg. 100%) to March, 19661
10.30
10.30
Atlanta Economic Review, June, 1966
Approximate
Total Annual
Cost
129,027
39.93
1source:
All Other
Employees Received
Approximate
Annual Cost
Other
Employees
4.23
Percent Increase and Cumulative Annual
Costs 1958-1966
Should Additional Salary Increments be Granted,
the Approximate Annual Cost would be as follows:
Increment 1
Increment 2
Increment 3
Increment 4
Increment 5
Approximate
Annual Cost
Firemen
Exhibit
�Honor a' _e Iv~n
1
n,
r ~ , :,z yoz- ~
aud
hai·~mcn a d • mbers o r. ::?··n • c
Co::-.:m:lt ·e
ON
'cs · ut :o... s Adopted by the _nter.-ia.tio:191 .~ssociation o.c
r~g:te~ on Dcce bex 29, 1965, end R · e~red to the
~:na~c Committee by the oo zd of Fire tasters
on February 7, 966
·
-~~
Charlc3 ~. Davis
City Co· ?t4oller
.larch ~8 , 1966
�·u
' - --vi
OFFI C E OF CO MPTROL LE R
-.
.,
1.
CITY HA LL
..u n
Goor!J°o.
3 ::io3
C HAR - ::":S :... . D A VIS
CO:V.?7 r.O LL.ER
EDGAR A . VAUGHN , ,
.•
DEPUTY COM?TR OLL ER
Eono:- -b:'..e :.:vc!n Al en,
r o, Mayo::,
C~1.a::.::m2 ... , r.::d i'-1 mbe:cs of the
··nance Cc:....=i
ee
G n · e 1en :
Pur.suant to resolut·ons -.:::at were adopted by th _:-.::er.at ·o::~.s ociat · 011 o ·'= Fire Fighte· s on Decembc::- 2.9, :..965, rmd refe::-re
o
·.:::e Pincnc Commit ·ee by t .e :3on1ed of Fire ~-ias e:.s on Febru~· y 7, 19 6,
we -::e enc osing a report shov1:'.. ••:; the es in ted cost oi 'i!:p_.::,;.-;:e .t ·ug
1:· .e p ·ovisions of these resolut · or:.co
He ere also sho ·1ing in this _e?O~t the pr sent stuf fing of the v ::·ous Ei_e stations ~~d t h e prop osed
-:: :Z'=ing "fa three-p _a oon sys&e. were estnb i heci. .
He hope that this i nfo._::, tion will be of valu_e to you in consider-
by Loccl 134, Inte::-nationa Association of
For you · inforn:::ition He have a:so included a copy of
t'.ese resolutio:1s and t~-10 schedu es. On of these schedules co:nl_)ares


'..:g the ~esolutions adopted


ire Fighters.
the salary ond workweek of Gec::gic. 1 s cities , Oi1.d the other schedul e
compares the s alaries and workw ek of var·cus U. S. cit·es ··n the popu ction rang of over 250~ 00.
Sincerely yours,
/ ,/;
...
. _)
,
.
/ J. ~. . / - .,,.,,, ......_Charles L. Davis
City Compt~oller





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I
�!1::e3cr.. t Sta.ff::r_i
s::.~g~
Unit Sta-ions



)c




Un_t
•o:....;
32 ·: :tcl::.on
a
E~a quarters Stat~o_
ay n ~·gt~ h"ft s
2
2
3
S'-.:fr.:.ng . equirernen s for a 56-Hour
Summa·y of Sta· fan St f
g Re
3
5
us·
Estimated Cos o·-:: Imp eroent:l.ng a 56-Hour Hor c ,,eek,
g a :hre -Platoo Sys·cm
8
Estimated Cost of Over-·oe
Sixty-hour wee·~, Two--Platoon System
F ·' fty- ix hour w et , T ree - Platoon Sys -em
8
8
9
Summary
10
Supplemental Dcta
Compariso, o~ 143.215.248.55n~.:.es of F· re Fighters :
U. S. Cities cvC:!r 250 000 po ula -· on
Geor a Ci :...es
11
12
Resolutions Auoptcd by Local 134
Inte~iat~oual .s scciat· u of Fire FighteLs :
Re cc::.~'18 to 5 ... -:~our Workwe k and
Thrce-Platoo. System
Re ating to ~ayfilent of Overtime
13
14
�s.:.n~ie U~!~ Stetions :


- :::.::-e s -at· on


um';J rs 2 ,
, 6, 9,
sing:.e un t st t.:.ons
at.d 33 a::
n
3, 14-,
5,
a _e staffed
t-7
8 , 19 , 20 , 22
t h fo ur teen
26, 27 , 28, 3 ,
mpl o yees.
2,
Thi s st ~ :=
co s·s ts of t le fol ow·ng :
F·re c~pte.::.n s
Fi:re D::-ivers
F··:ce Serge nt
FL.· e n
These e n
o ff at all
ees o~ t e ::o
em
oye s for
made ·n s ch
ti es.
o
s hift .
ha
ma . e-
leas
fou:..
ut ·.::a
the manpower
en a;ce on duty a
l~.
3
l
~n --=o:: each pi ece
t is our understanding that "f t1e ma~pover falls
be ot-1 --=ou:. men -.;o-r each piece of equipm nt, th
vic
our employ-
oI these sh · ft s a _e
The arrange e
Sa
w- 11 as s ure that a
e~ch stat i on.
e Driv::r , on e Fir e
imes; thus Lhe e=f ctive s~-ift becomes f.:.ve




fact, the ratio appears to p.:ov · de app::oxima -ely






e ·:::.~~a~t e
F
"'he shifts a:.e so ar:.a:1..,;ed tha
e re s pec tive s hi=
ch o f
0::1
w· t h one Fi e Capt2 · n, o:ie Fire Dr iver, a d
men work on e s if
i- e~:. n w .. l~::.ng t" e s con
£iv
1
9
ye s are div .:.<le d so that one F .:.·~e C6:pta n,
,.
fo -~- "G'.
Ser 3ear-. .: 0.~.-.--
2
2
equipment mu s t be re:nov d from s r-
s equal or exceeds four men.
Double Unit Stations :
F.:.re · station numbe·~s 5_. 7, 8, 16, 21, 24, 25, 29 , and 30 are double unit stations staffed H"·th t 1en y-eight employ"ees.


'Le Captains


...,::.re L.:eutenants
F:'..re Sergeants
ire D;:ive:cs
Fire ::~..;i. eers
Fi::- ;:ne..
~hese emp oy0es
~~e
Fire Licctenant, c~e ~~::Ffrcn:~r...
at a ... :..
This staff c nsists of the following :
2
2
2
2
2
18
"istributed so that each shift has one ~ire C~ptain, one
S0rgeant, one Fire Driver, one F!~e Engineer and nine
'.:'he wo:c!c ccl.edule is so arranged that eight emp oy~~c of the staff are off
~mes .
�e- S !.. ,
~~:..-.:::; s ·.:at:'..0:2 nu
_o
'7
•:.::e Stat· ;_
t - s w·tc. - s :'..::g::.e unit sta·;:ion.
e2.d uer -
o.
T:1e s ·c1"'".'.. ••g of t .es e stat i ns, with the excep t io.
of
7.:_ en ~~ ~ ::.on C, :::.e:s


?:.:xe Cc:pt2.ir..s


2
F:.::e Sc::gee.:_.:s
L:.
~.,::.::e
2
2
2
2


.. . ::e


21
J::.:.-eme .
TF::
S·~a :::.o~. rloo
7 :.'..s
ta·"'·=ed w·t1 t e fo _ ow.:ng:
~: ::?e Bc:.t talion C iefs
-_: -:_-_: C pta r..s
i.::e Sergeants
2
2
..,
')
~I
---== Dr.'..vers
~·r men
'?·· -- ~
2


.2


-~ of e~ch o: the respect ·v
·men ; and on
one s~:'..ft and e
ve
c assi~·cat ons is ~ssigne
he
01..:.ble
unit ste. · · on, ten Fi:: men ar
Firemen are ass gned to
he other sh"ft.
c:cssificatio s are equa ly assigned except for
Fi::a S ::geant.
0
o. y
w
th
assig .. 2<! -::o
n the case of ~~-e
St143.215.248.55o:. ~7, t~
~
i~g e shif~
to
classificat
shift has two F"re Se~geants assigned, and the o
e=
sh"f
OL
of
has
Eac. of the shifts are so arranged that at least nin · raen a::e off a
all
times.
Headq ua rte::s Sta tion~
Fire Stat ·on No. 1 has in addition to being a double unit station, a rescue unit,
a salvage unit, and a chief s car.
.~~ -- ~~
In addition to the twenty-eight employees re-
~o o~erate the Engine and Aerial Div sions, the Rescue Unit requires seven
employees, the Salvage Unit requires three employees, and the Chief's Car requires
three emJloyees; thus making the total staff of 41 men at Fire Station No. 1.
~he Department at the ~oment is staffed with 795 posi t::~
t~o~s ~re ~ signe
to the various stc t ions as indicated above.
JO
722 of these posih e remaining 73
e::!p~o7-3cs are ass:. 6 -:.ed to the office, f:'...:e investigation, ma ··nta~c.~.ce, and train:!.ng.
- 2 -
�i\T::.ght Shifl.s:
s Qe _ :on d ea:. iar, each
c:::c:
tet.:.on :.s ste:'.: ed
.::~·.e ·:.ig:·.·.: s' ·· ::~ the ne. t.
e,·..
two sh~-::.=s.
1'th
Tl.:e ro::c: t io:-. ::.s i!:acie
Oi'.".
S.::. .:c:::G:::: r s
d y sl if
-~
w:. :::·.
STAF~<'Ii:-~G REQU:REHEN'"i'S FOa A 56 HOUR HEEK



e o-::. t".e :.eso::.u--· io s




by the L1te_:1atio""l
asse
the.·:: t:1.e City es tab 1 · sh a 56 .. ou"l" w ::k 1ee
_ cC'-'-------'-'
o. e:. pla·· ooi wo;:king tLe n::.g:"1t shi:i:t,
. e day shift
c:::c:.
-:,_:...::ooc.
e,·-
1
e:.;.: 6 off ea.ch :f our wor.c'..::1g aa s w· h tHo days o:'.:f betwee
=1ce pub_::..c .... '·io~-. e .t · t e
c::.ty
t ioae.:..
sys ·::em to
~:s:-:7
<-
Dl.Y '::.O
1ar!c..:;e::::s O
·0.2
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. 0 :. s)
!•
1::-e Adm·· i.. • tre t · on
ssoc · ati n, · 1 us :.ates the
1,
p· bl ishc
by
u e of a
·-70::
t: e
I, terna-
h_e - P
Tues.
Wed.
"'hurs.
F· i.
3
Mon:.
B
A
A
C
C
A
A
C
C
B
3
Sa
.
s
.,.,
B
00
D
otal desired
operating strengt~ fo~ e~ch unit should be mult·plied by a figure represe
.
nui:.:ier of sen re u~::ed under the curre t work week to per:.:o:.--m each job.
00 men are ·ec,.u:.'..:ce
the: .:-e uiremen s wo ..
v cst::.v~ grante·
1
to man the apparat· s and
n•
A
' ··::. est ·n:c:t.:. g t .e m- npower required for t he f_::e depart:nent, t 1:1e
i_...
cycles.
s fol ows:
Sun.
.our
a ..
i.g the
For example,
he C:ep :rtment works a 56-hour week
be 100 x 3, plus a figure representing the i.1umbe:: of hours of
' m n and
figure ·ep~esenting the actua
e~centage of s·ck
eeve .::.::: shm-m by :.:::_e department records."
f \ .... _
mc,y be
c
sirab:e to allm·1 an "excess" of perhaps 5 o:c 10 pe·· cen ·, w~-:ere


JJ.u ... ::.c:...~=.:... fi..ances permit, to take care of


anpower
r.
uctuat · ons due to abno-:cmal
si~~u~ wJ, specia~ inspectiou and traini~s p·ogra~s, a~d 0merge~cy conditions such as
�-1he
a numbe,. of m
~
are incapc:citated by se
consisting or. vac2:-c.:.es to be filled a::
ous fi:ces.
__ so tce::e ::.s a t~:::-nove:
~e ·7 me_ not ye-.: e. 2(;_t.:D.te::., t:::-~ined t~1at
1
mu st be ta :;.e;:1 · ·1to consider - i::io -• '
_t
r,
resent we lcve 48 ~.:.-e ~ighti~ un~ts _. serv::.ce~ ~~ve
3at-2i~ on C ·efs 1
Chief s Car.
sh·'f
The ma:.1p He: requLc d to . .ainta ::.~ ·d:e p::ese::1·· 1 ve _ of serv.:.ce for one
·s as fo_iows:
216
0
2
48 I?::.:.:e Fig:.~· ing un·ts at !'.:-.5 !:'!eu. c ... c:.1
5 3ctal io 2 Ci ~efs' Cars 1ith 2 n -~ e c1
-escu e u~::.t wit 2 r::ien e a c h
l Ligh'.: T:: •c!c u::. h 1 @an
rca:.1.
Supply E~d Selvage TTUC~ wit
1 C -; f
2~ ~-1.:.t
1
1
Tota



m · ne ·he nu. b r 0£ e 1p !oyees th ·- a_ e :::equire




• e :,: :..s;h'- i:-.g us its an' other e uipm nt set fo th c.0ove, we c:::
L:.8
pm-1er t:':-.... t ::.s ::c uired to maint in t .ese units on
t his m~;:1po
the
11
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n • 3 =
leaves.
FL:-e
dminis . ration publication.
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hG 693
r- , _ ,.. ,., ,.
t- ... -~...;I..::
we
f om
T us · he com uta ··:.on becomes
~:1e : .:r..u _a i:urther stat es that we are t en to compu·;::e
recor s ue .ave d-:::e:-c:i:'..,:ed these leaves
an~
He a e to t ke
93 emp _oyees exclusive of vacat.:.onsi holidays, s~ck leaves
~-Je have xese .:c:. d t'1e records
he
·n t .e -:: :::n la quote
eave s, injury leaves, military leaves, e · c., for
ployGe.
··o -al~e
o._e =s'.:1· -~t b"'s::.s.
a::ic1 mu tip_y by an ··ndex of 3 as set ::o-c· 1
.e
--o
n the .:'Le Depar·ment,
a~d other


.1e vccatio1 s,


~~e
ega
ve:..aae em-
nd from
ese
o be as fo lows :
Vi!cc..-.::ion


..egc::. ~-Iolidays


S:.ck Leave & -nju=ed Days Off
~ased on 65 ~ve~age
~::.:itazy & 0 .e~ Leaves
20 days
7 days
Average Per Employee
37 days
8 days
2 ays
take the 37 deys per employee and mult"ply by eight hou::.-s per 2e.y by
en required, we the
show t,1e nee
of cover:'..:"g 205, .28 om~~hou:·s .in ~,h:'..ch
err.:,::.oJ __ s would be off on vaca·ion, ho!::.days, s:.c (: le
ve,
o.:.-



.:::c:.:..y le




Vt..:,
etc.
T-Je. ~-•.:.ve ca culated the effect ·ve wo!'.'k yea::. for s. s:i.~g ... e firer.1-:. to be 2;6 6 ho-u s.
�t+,
~1.e
base
,.e . ::u:. 7
me.
i. r sc:::-ve fo:. tl2e o::f ?U:'.'poses to.:. peen
~
.. ,..
g ap· quo'"ed f:::-om
t:1e sec ond pa
t.~ - l.. '
d five to ,._en p ::-cen
"'10'
·~ ::-esults
on a ~hree pla oon sys emo
P ._,,,._
- - .. o
~---
mL:1-c,c ·::-s off due to s:!.c:~ _eave, vac t.:.on, Lo _.:. r..ys,
tl-:.e 205, _2
t:1::..s r.1a te:. u::.th C . .:.e::
c.
H. .-i
fc.cto:. o:: t1ree perce1 t and st.:.11
~e~t! i::(; ., fo:: s.
hre
<le ::a ..d,
~'.i-US
fi 0 'ht :.::g
t:.~'li
s totals 722 as set ::ort
rovide a ;:eserve
uni
0
H!-.e
we
,._
l-
lee the 693
the 78 men needed in reserve fo
m.::i. .~1owcr re~,:...::.:rement of 771.
c or, we _ind tha



o-:- '.:h::..3 ;,,t.:::pose or- a · o al staff of 79L-...





·m· ever, in d:.scuss~


.c fee s t· .at we car:.
aL1te.in fou:c- o.e~1. pe
pl ·:.oo:i. sys e
pe ccn~ :.eserve


i:un::..c.:.p· 1 .:.~ ire Ldm.:.ni st;:-ct · on"



Eo:- a ma •.!) uer r se_ve.


off a:..--.d le ve p ·:c-poses , we then have a t · a


.ng t~e ~i::e


11
Q"t;-;:-
we now neec1
~1
ddit:.ona
tine
In apply23 men
present n1c.npo ;e:.· assi ned to the --=::.~e
Wl en t .:.s ·s deducted f:. om t .e
i . Section L
requ··::-... d 794.- .en, we then show a need o_... 72 addltio·na
emplo ye
· n order t o imple-
me t '"" 5 -: our t-7orkweek based on a three platoon system~
Summ2.:ry
St2 ~f and Staff Requirement s :
U7.tcer a 56-hour uo·kweek using the three pla oon system,
ments t·1 ould be es fo 1 ws:
~~re Captains
3


.?ire D:civers


Fi::e Sergeant
?"'... r __en
3
1
8
Total
P~csent Stafring
_ - ~~·anal Employees Required
- 5 -
15
14
1
e staffing re uire•
�3
7i~e Ca)ta::.ns
..


7:.:.:. e :..eu:~ena::. s

1::.::e Sergea::.ts


.,.:::.re u~.:ve:::-s
u__e Eng
3
2
3
eel'.'
19
_ot _
2J
,." ..,..-::t"
~ - - \;;
3
~a::ta_::.oEi. C!l:le:;


.-:-:.:-e Ca)t i. s


L:'..eutenauts
.:::::.::c
5
3


.: :_·..:e SG::gear_·:: s



.?:::.::2 v::-::.,:c:rn

7:..:..·e E:1r:,_.:- e:..s


4e· e -
j
1()
_ i ::.·...
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35
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s,
e u:'..red
s· n~;"' e Unit S ·at· ons :
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io Ch:'..e~s
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7-· ::-e Sergennts


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l:.
3
1
'""ot
?::csc .. · Staffing
Em?loyees Required
23
-21
2



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.-..:.t'c Sergean s


3
3
2


_-:-::.·.:.:-e Dr:.i.vers


3


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Engineers


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8
3
3
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':at 1
A<lc~tioua
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A ..'-'
D
TA
�ISON OF SALAR:::Es, ETC
OF F .LRE F~-GHT2:lS
SOURCE: i:·illi.'EC~PAL YE • I3Cr,~( 1%5
co:,1p
1-lou::s Pe·
Rate :?e
Hour
City
New Yot"l·
l!·o
He k
(Day Sh .. f t
09
L:-0
SL:-2. 00
3_l:-~00
Jash ·ngton, D. C.
3.05
l:-8
San Frc:nc:;. co
3.00
So
S 2.ttle
li-8
Los Angeles
61
2. 49
56
ve_e!:;.
Pili ad
7:.5.0
63
Dct -o::.~
Cl
90.00
Suu.oo
2.79
San D.!.ago
Scl~::-y
(!~le.:: irau:-,1
L:-0
Bu fa o
Boston
110~:·::J:.... y
p ia
Ba . in.ore
2.40
56
sso.oo
2 . 38
L;.
4-95.00
2. 36
. 56
2.23
56
2.21
Co umbus, Ohio
2.21
5$
St . Louis
60
2.17
56


-~::. . waukce


2. 4
63


c~:..:as


2 . 07
56
500.00


z:.1:sas City


2.00
56
l;83.00
1.99
68
508.00
~·ew Orle~ns
1.93
56
l;.73.00
Houston
1. 93
56
li-6 7. 00
Atlanta
1. 9
60
l.:-97.00
Sa.i. A .tonio
1.65
60
Hemphis
1.62
72
\.
~1
-
525.00
505.00
�CO~PARISON OF S.LAR-ES, ETC0
OF FIRE 'IG}TERS
GEORGIA CITr:;: s
SOURCE: GEORGIA 1-ft.H--ICIPAL ASSOC I.:. T ON
Hou-cs Per
Ra te Per
Citv
iLe!<
(Dr.·r S~1i:i:t}
Hou
.LL...1.·:.:~""-- Y
S:1 lc.:cy
(Kc1: ~ :'.mum)
60


-97.CJO


Sas ... Poi t
1.
9
60
1.-L:-OoOO
r :c::.ett
1.68
72
525.00
Co umbus
1.45
72
4-53. 00
S vannah
1.42
72
72
l~35. 00
. 26
72


.; 4.• 00


. 26
72
i'1acon
A b 2ny
Val os a
1.20
72 '
Rome
1. lli-
72
.. 12 -
-75. 0
55. 00
�RESOLUTI ON
WHEREAS,
I n 1962 a ll depar t ment s of the City of Alan a, except
the Fire Department had t he i r wo··k week s hortened ·o
f orty or f orty- four hours, and
·
WHEREAS,
The members of the Atlan-a Fire Department have ot ha
a r educ tion of hour s s ne e
e Plan of mprov me.t n
anua y 1952 , and
WIE E S,
The City of Atlanta, n the mat er of requi'red work
week for the Fire Department, a s not kept pace with
e s tablished prac tices in other a ·or c i t ies in the
c oun ty, and
W EREAS -;
The Ci ty of At lant a Personnel Board has encountered g ea~
difficulty i n procuring and retaining qualif· ed ~pplican t s f or the F ire Depar tment, due largely tot· e l ong
work week, now theref or e be i t
KESOLVED, That the Mayor and Board of Aldermen o f the City of
Atlanta endorse, recommend and esta blish by ordin nee
c overing t he Fire Department, a maximum work ueek o f
fifty- six hours (as the first s tep in estab l"s ting a
f orty hour work week f or t he Fire Department) , <1 .d e
further
t
RESOLVED, Tha s uch maximum standards be es tablished without reduc tion i n pay , a nd be it further
RESOLVED , That in establis hing a fifty-six hour work week, the
thre e platoon s ystem be inaugurated, one platoon working
the day shift , one platoon working the igh shift, nd
on e platoon being off, each working four days and being
off two days, the c yc le taking approximately 12 t-1eels t o
complete , at which time it would begin anew and be it
further
RESOLVEDP Th~t the fifty-six hour work week be estab lished with
each platoon mainta ining its present structu~e and compliment of officers~ engineers, drivers, t illermen, etc.,
which is now in effect with the two platoon system.
Adopted at t he meeting o f the Executive Board of Local #134 Intera
national As s ociation o f Fir e F_ighters on December 29, 1965 and approved
by the full body on January 4, and January 11, 1966 0
Jo Co McEVER, Pres ident
- 13 ..
�RESOLUTION
WHEREAS,
The f orty hour work week has become the accep ed standard
work week in industry, c ity, county, sta t e , and f edera l
agencies in a ll parts of the United States, and
WHEREAS,
Like the development in industr y, t h e for ty hou:.:- work week
or even shor ter work weeks have become t he standard requirements in the federa l gover nment , i n a .aj or · ty of the
states and nearly a l l of t he la_ge citie s and c ounties i n
public employment recognized a s part of the better gover ned
units in our country, and
WHEREAS,
The reduction .in hours of wor k has been achieved i n al l ins tances without reduction of pay, now t herefore be · t
RESOLVED,
That all work performed by fir e fight e ~s of the Atlan a
Fire Department in excess of forty 40) hours in any on e
week, be compensated at t he rate of time and one-ha l f of
the established rate o f payo
Adopted at the meeting of the Executive B-~~d of Local #134 International As sociation of Fire Fighters on Dec ember 29, 1965 ad approved
by the full body on January 4, and January 11, 1966.
J.
- 14-
c.
McEVER, Pre sident
�FISHER BODY DIVISION
GENERAL
MOTORS
l I TL H NT il
CORPORAT I ON
PLHNT
A T L AN T A, GEO RG I A
OFFICE OF THE: PLANT MANAGER
September 13, 1966
Hon. Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of the City of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mayor Allen:
It was with much regret that I heard of the City of Atlanta's
recent decision to fire approximately 550 trained and experienced
firemen.
I am deeply concerned about the welfare and safety of this city
as it is quite obvious that we do not have adequate fire protection
with only a small number of trained men on the job, assisted by
new hires with no training or experience, and policemen who are
certainly needed in other areas.
I do not believe you will be able to replace these men with quali fied personnel for a long time with the hours and wage s now offered
them . As a further indication that our city is not adequately
protected, the insurance underwriters have stated that under
pre s ent circums tances, they probably will not issue new policies
and if the serious shortage of traine d firefighters continues to
exist, insurance rates may be increased. I feel that such an
increase would be an unnecessary expense to prope rty owne rs .
I would like to request that you and other r esponsible city officials
r e cons ider your decision and urge the s e m en to return to thei r
jobs.
Ve r y t r uly yours ,
Mrs. Chris tine D. Hogan
Secretary to Plant Manager
cc: &>ard of Firemasters
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INFORMATION TO BE I NCLUDED IN AF I DAV T
The City of Atlanta operates on a we l l planned, we
annual budget.
progra'7,:n d
The City ha s cer tain p _esc ibed r les· a nd _e gula _ons i n its
Charter dealing with the anticipat ion of revenue~-, the approprie.tio _ of f u_. s,
and .the like .
These laws were enacted in 193 7 and have been a end d sever 1
times since.
The budget law was prompted by the fa c t th t t he City was a _mos t
financially bankrupt and was having to is s ue script · n or de r to pa y 1-s
employees and vendors.
We have found
ha t by liv ing wi
these rues
nd
regulations, good,sound financia l budge ts c an be made and c an be lived up to .
In fact, we have extended the pra c tic e wi thi
revenues and operating expenses for
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The 1966 calendar year budget was ma
laws which are contained in the Charter of
~n accordance wi th t he budge t
he City a nd · t he pr-ct i ce of f o··e -
casting revenues and operating co sts for s everal ye r s.
estimates for the 1966 budget we r
~tici?~tcd r evenue
for ecast ad r v i ewed as
ar y
s May , 1965 .
These estimates were again r eviewed i n Ju ly , August , Oc tober , Nov ,ber and
December, and corrections ma de a cco rding to economic c hanges d ring this period .
Bud ge t rlquest forms were forwarded
o the various depart ents of the
City on Sep tember 15, 1965, and t he se were comple ted and retu~~ - ' to this
office by Oc tober 15.
These r equest s tot aled $________ C:.:1C - V ilabl:::.
revenue pro jections that had been made in Oc t ober i ndicated th~t we coul d
provide for onlv $_________
The budget reque st s of the various departments were thoroughly revi wed
by this office and we re r eviewed by the Finance Comm · ttee, togetheL with the
off i cials of the various departments.
November 2, 3 and 4, 1965.
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Thes e hearings were condu~ted on
The Budget Commiss ion, who is responsible for
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antic ipating all revenues of t he City and maki ng certa in appTopr i a i ons such
as debt service, met and approved t he tenta tive e stimate
year 1966 on
November 30, 1965 .
quired by Charter of the City on
rece·p t
~or the
The tenta tive budget was published as r e-


Several meetings were held during
f or t he purpose of reviewing reve
h~ mo t hs of
ovc~ber a nd Decembe
es and re uests for a d ' i tiona l eq i p1 e nt ,
new employees, reclassifi ca tions , e c .
T ese r e ques s w _ e thorough/,...sc eened
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and only the ba re essential
were a ppTove d .
T, e
966 _Pay and Classi iic2t i on
Plan, whic h provided a 4 1/4% i ncrea se for eve y employee on t he payroll of
the City was formulated
nd approved by
he Fina . e Comnittee ar.d presented
to the Board of Aldermen on Decembe r 20 , 1965 .
Requests fo
and reclassifications were r evi ewed end pr se
d to t he BoaT
new employees
of Alde rnen
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for adoption on Janua ry 4, 1966 .
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The Budget Com,~ ission of t e City is composed of the Mayor, ChairQan
of the Finance Commit tee , the Comptroller, and two ald rm • elec
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Board of Aldermen each year t o serve fo r the calendar y ar .
two alderm n
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to serve on t he 1966 Budget Commiss ion were elected at the meeting of
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J a nuary 4, 1966 .
The 1966 illudget Commission met
Ja uary 4,
966 and reviewe~ the fi'1al
receipt s of 1965 and e s tablished t he estimated receipts for 1960 i~ accordanc~
wit h the pract i ce a nd principl es t hat have been used by the c::..:y ior the last
s everal years .
The Budget Commis sion r ecommendation was file
law with t he Board o f Aldermen on Monday , January 17, 1966.
s required by
The Finance
Committee met on January 4, 1966 , reviewed and adopted t e final budget for~,.~
year 1966 a nd thi s wa s presented t o the Board of Aldermen on Janu£ry 17, 1966.
It may be we ll to note that the B dget CoITu.~ission ca~not change its
anticipations on present sources of revenue until the collections on th t source
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o f revenue has exc eeded the amo nt a,t ic i a~ed .
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each member of the Budget Coi. ·ssion i=
that th e co lle ctions are less
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t a so may be we l to note
er anal y li ble in ~he eve ~
amo nt of reve ue
n icipa ~e .
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Funds are not now available
1 either to shorten Atl anta firemen's workweek or raise their
pay. the aldermanic finance
committee decided F riday.
The ac~ion came afte r some
400 fi remen. their wi\·es and
supporters had o\·erflo\1·ed the
alclermani-: chambers at a public hearing. They a~ked that the
fire departmen ·s workweek be
cul to 56 · ours from the present
60 hour- and that lime and a
half be paid for all hours O\'Cf
40.
The finance committee took
up the ·equests in executive
session 2nd wow d up deciding
that neither could be granted
immediately without raising
board salary r aises in any delaxes or the city's fi nding some partments.
All members of the fin ance
new source of revenue.
The al dermen made l wo con- commi ttee stressed that they
cessions, ho,\'ever, by adopting wer~ in sympath~ with the fi reresolutirms prom ising tlrnt :
mens o b J e c t I v e s. But all
(1 ) Time and a half will c1gree~I, too. \i',i,lh 1\ld. Charlie 1
henceforth be paid for firem an L,cft~vicl_i_. that t_l~~, curr_e~t CI >: 1
cal led back to duty in cmcr- b.iclo~: IS as tiC'>.. as its e, CI
gency situat ions after complet- bec:11.
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ing their regular GD-hour week.
ComptrollcI Ch,., le,, D _a\ / s ,
ll was estimated this v:ill cost I told the co 1~1'.11ttee tl:at Imp.;
only some ~5 000 to SlO.OOO a mrnling the ~ti~l111:..1r werk \':ou,cl
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requi re abou 12 adc 1t1onal fire)
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mr n at an 2.nnu;1\ cost I based
(2) The 56-hm~r wee!'. for fir e- on top pay s c a \ eJ of some
men. will _be., given " 1 h_e first $52G,052.
cons1dcrat10n in drawing up
Paying time and a half o,·er
next year's city budget o\'er
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any re q u c s t s for across-the- Coutinued on Page 5, Column 1
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40 hours for a 56-hour week
would cost about $70-1,618 a year·
and for a 60--hour week about
$810,831 a year. Davis sa id .
At the public hearing. Capt. J.
C. Whitlr,· told the aldermen
that the · city was practicing
"false economy" to trai n young
men as 'firefighters and then
lose them a short time later to
jobs with shnrtrr hours and
weekends and holidays off.
Sgt. J. D. Garrett pleaded fo ·
implementation of the firemen's
requests, drclaring: "We can·t
strike against you; all we can
do is quit and look for some- ·
thing else."
Longtime Atlanta businessman Sam Rothberg urged the
aldermen to give the firemen a
wage "that is just, fa ir and
right" even if it meant increasing laxes.
Jnsuranceman l\l. M. (Muggsy) Smith said an important
factor is "the life hazard-w. en
these men answer a fire ctill,
they never know if they'll come
back."
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F unds 2 re not now available
either to shorten Atl anta firemen's wcr"kweek or raise their
pay, the alderrnanie finance
comm ittee decided Friday.
The ac'. ion came afler some
400 firen·.en, their wives and
supporters had overnowed the
aldermar: ic chambers at a public hearii-i . Thev asked tha the
fire der ~ ;tmcnt's work\\·eek be
cut to 5G hours from the present
60 hour:; and that time and a
half be _?aid for all hours O\'er
40.
The finance committee took
up the requests in cxccuti\'e
session 2nd wound up deciding
that neHher could be granted
immedi· tely without raising
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board salary raises in any detaxes or the city's finding some p;:irtrnents .
new source of revcnt1e.
All members of the fi nance
The aldermen made two con- comm ittee stressed that they
cessions, however, by adopting wer~ in syrnpathr with the firemens o b J e c ~ 1 v es . Bt1 t a_ll
resolutions promising th at:
(1 ) Tirnc and a half ,rill agreed. too. mth Ald. Charl ie I
henccfortl~ be paid for fireman Lcft; ricl_i_. Iha~ }.~; c rr~~t c!'~: i
called back to duty in rmcr- bud,.,~~ is as d" .,t as Its e, CJ I
gency situations after comp!rl- be~n.
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ing their re;ul;,r GO-hour \\"C' C ; _ . Compt1 ollc1 Cha, les
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Jt wa 5 estimatr d thic will co:;l i told the con~m1 ltee tha t, 1mple- !
onlv some $5 000 to Sl0.000 a rncntrng the G~hou!' '.,·ec.-: wou d I
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require about 12 ac.cht1onal f1!·eyear ·
rnrn at an ann1.1c1 l cost I based :
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men will be given --The first $5:2(1,052.
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consideration" in drawing up
Paying time and a half over
next year's city budget over
any r e q u cs ts for across-the- Coutinucd on rarre 5, Column 1
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40 hours for a 5G-hour week
would cost about $704,618 a year·
and for a 60-hour week about
$810,831 a year. Davis said.
At the public hearing. Capt. J.
C. \Yhi tky told the aldermen
that the city ,rns practicing
"false economy·• to train young
men as fire fighters and then
lose them a short time later to
jobs with shorter hours and
weekends and hol idays off.
Sgt. J. D. Garrett pleaded for
implementation of the firemen's
r equests, decl aring : "We can't
strike against you; all we can
do is quit and look for something else."
Long!irne Atlanta businessman Sam n othbcrg urged the
aldPrmen to give the firemen a
wage "that is just, fair and
right" even if it meant increasing taxes.
lnsuranerman M. M. (tTuggsy) Smith said an important
fa ctor is " the life hazard- when
these men answer a fire ctll,
tltcy never knr,w if they'll com
back."
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�BY BOARD OF FIR~MASTERS
WHEREAS, employees of the Atlanta Fire Department have
asked the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for a reduction of hours in the·
work week and for an increase in hourly pay for City Firemen; and
WHEREAS, the Finance Committee of the Board of Alderm.en
conducted a public hearing on March 18., 1966 to determine the Cityts
financial ability to grant furth er pay increases and shorter hours to
Fire Department personnel; and
WHEREAS, the Committee approved a provision for overtime
pay at a rate of one and one ..half times the regular rate of pay to Firemen
who are called back on duty in an emergency after having worked 60 hours
in that particular week; and
WHEREAS, the Finance Committee, Mayor and Board of
Aldermen pledged to give first preference to reducing the work week in
formulating the 1967 Budget before any over-all salary is considere~ for
employees and officers of the City:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and
Board of Aldermen do hereby reaffirm the above s t ated action and pledge
. to take positive action within the budg etary and administrative capability
of the City when preparing the ove rall City budget for 1967.
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RESOLUTION
BY THE BOARD OF FIREMASTERS
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Reaffirrn.ing previous a ction of Board
of A ld e rm e n and pledging positive
ac tion w ithin the budgetary and
a dministrative capability of the City
w hen preparing the overall City
Budget for 1967.
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DOARD OF ALDER MEri
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�September 6, 1966
RESOLUTION BY
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FINANCE COMMITTEE:
WHEREAS, the members of the Atlanta Fire Department requested the City of Atlanta
to reduce their work week from 60 hours to 48 hours immediately and to increase
the salaries paid all firemen by 10%, effective September 1, 1966, and that said
10% increa.s e would be in addition to any salary or wage increases granted by the
City to other employees of the City, and
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WHEREAS, the Finance Committee, after carefully reviewing the financia l position
of the City, the legal limits placed on the City, a nd the revenue raising
measures to be adopted, recommends that the following resolution be adopted
by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF
ATLANTA as follows:
1. That, effective January 1, 1967, the fire fighting personnel of the Atlanta
Fire Department be placed on a · three-platoon system and the work week of
firemen be reduced from 60 hours per week to 56 hours per week.
2. That sufficient positions will be creat ed on October 1, 1966 in the Fire
Department and that personnel will be recruited as quickly as possible
to implement the 56-hour work week effective January 1, 1967.
3. That a salary increase of not less than two steps will be granted to all
fire fighting personnel effective January 1, 1967.
)~ That, effective January 1, 1967, the basic salaries paid uniformed police
personnel will be increased to equal the salary increases granted firemen.
5. That salary and wage increases will be granted to all other City employees
consistent with the financial capability of the City, t~king into consideration the salary and wage study now being conducted by Public Administration
Service.
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RESOLUTION BY
FINANCE co~~1ITTEE:
Pled ging the cr ea tion of sufficient positions
eff e ctive October 1, 1966 wit hin the Departmen t of Fire to i mpl eme nt 56-ho ur work
week by J a nuary 1, 1967, a nd pledging
s a l a ry incr ea ses f or fire fi ghting personne l , uniformed police personne l, and
other City emp loyees 3 effective
J anuary 1, 1 96 7.
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1In 19 6 2 _111 de y, rt. :.e,.t :J of t,~;e City of


exco1>t t I1e i'ir·e i.Jepa rt1.:cnt ui.d t.heir •i ·ori< \·,eek


shortened to f art y or forty-four ~1ours, a :1d
The :£: ·:bers of t he , ..tls.n t~ l-'ire .0epc:i.rt~ent cave
not ht:..d a re d uction of .hours since the _lan of
I r.1;>rove ,.:ent in Janu'.-; ry 1952, and
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Tte City of r.tlar:t:i, i:i the ;:1utter of r e,~u.ir-ed
vmr l<:: v:eek for ·:.he 1-' ire :Je9art:·~cnt, .c..as not h:er.;t
pace ·. :ith establisr..ed ;-ractices in \Other :·:..a jor
cities in ·the coun try, ~nd
l'he Gity of .. ~tlo.:--. to. . :ersonri.el :: oar:i 1ms e 11couL.tered .c;reat diffic.~l~ ~.,. in procur inc &r.d ret&ininG
qu& lif ied a pp lic -:.r;. ts f or tL.e ..:'ire ..;e i;& rt ..•c-.; nt, C:.ue
l •. r ;·_ 8ly to ti1c lou. \ ;ork v;oeL, now therefore be it


.ci-12.t tile .- :.ayor ~1.d. .. 02 .:-d of .. lder ..•eI: of the City


of .: .tl.:.nt & eridor,sc, reco -.1 ·1el~d and est2.blish by
O.l.'C;.i:wnce coverint': t lle .:? ir·e .uepart;:1cr1t, a .~.iaxi:,!UJi v1ork ·,1eek 01' fifty-six hours (as tae first
step in esta blisllinr· a forty hour hori:: v1eok for
the .fire .Je~')21rt;r.t::n t), i.md be it further
I'ha t such 1.-.:a::~ir.:u:1 s tandar(is be establisned '. .'ithout reductiot in ';;8,Y, and be it furtD.er
'ihqt in estatlisi1in7. a · fifty-six hour \ :ork week,
the tli.ree pl(:toon systen .: ,t inauc urated., one
plc... toon \·var ki:i::. t .ce 6. c..y S!dft, one ;,.L. toon v.'orkin[..:; t:~e r.. i c_. ht sl1ift, ::·rid one 1,J~atoon bein(.__. off,
each 1..-,orLL1c four da J s ar..J · bein.; off t\ ;o dc..y s,
t . e cycle tcl\. in:~ a p ) roxi. £ tely 12 weeks to complete, at which ti1 e it would becin a.ne•.-.: and be
it further
'l'hc.t the fiftj'-six hour v.,orh v:ee k be established
with e .:.ch _;)l ~~ toon r:.a i ntuininf: its p resent structure a nd co1:;,pli r:1cn t o f officers, e.11 r~in eers,
drivers, tille r :':;en, etc, v1hich is now i.a effect
with t he tt ,o plc:toon system.
adopted at ~!.. e rGeetin s of tr..e ~x.ecu tive · .::oard of Loc al ;/1J4
lnternE:tional .. ~ssoci £:.ti on of i ire .Jt i i, hters oc ..;ece:~.ber 29,
196) ?JlQ, q ~~iJ:'OVed by t,Ltj full body on Janu:...ry 4, a~ld .7anu~ry
11, 1966
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'I1he foI'ty hour i,,, o rk v1e e:c has beco~ e the
acce1Jted sta n da1·d \iOr k v,re e k in indust r y ,
city, coun t y, stat e , and federal a c encies
in all parts of t he Unit ed ~tates 1 and
·1 :r.GJ,.1..-·~ s.
Like the de velop:~,ont i n ii..c.lustry, the forty
hour work week or ev e n shorter vrork wee k s
ho.ve bcco ;:10 t ile sta uda rd re ~J uire::-ients in
the federal c ov er rL::ent I in a naj ori ty, of
the s t a te s c.nd n e :. .:. rl~r all of trJ. e l a r::::e
cities and. co untie s in public e,.'.l,Ploy~:-;,ent
recof nized as pa rt of the better eoverLed
units in our country , and
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'l1 he red uc ti on i n hollr s of v,; ork has b~en
achieved in all instances without reduction
of pay, now the refore be it
1-J:.~0LV~D, 'r.h[;; ·t all v;orl~ p erf or1.i.8 d by fire fi c-,.ht ers of
the .... tla n t a ./ i r o Je;:, ;-.1rta ,n t in excess of
forty (40) h our s in ar;.y on e weelc, be compensc=: ted c.. t t i:.e +ate of ti me aud one-half
of the esta blished rate of pay .
i ~dopted at the :t1 eeting of the .... ~"e cut ive ::3oard of Local


i lJ.4 Interns. tional J~ssocia tion of ~·ire 
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Decenbor 29 , 1965 and a .~.Grov ed by the full body on
Janu&ry 4, and J·a.'1w..:.ry 11 , 1966 .
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�REG ARDING THE RI:SOLUTI ON S THAT WERE ADOPTED
BY THE INTERNATI01 AL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE
FI GHTERS AN D REFERRE D TO THE FIN Af'CE
CO~MITTLE ON FE BRUARY 7 , 1966 WITH THE
REQUEST FOR A PUBLIC HEARI NG ON MARCH 18,
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�March 21, 1966
The Honorable Mayor and Board of Aldermen
City of Atlanta, Georgia
Gentlemen:
The Finance Committee met and reviewed the following resolutions which were
adopted on December 29, 1965 by the International Association of Fire Fir,hters,
Local No. 134 1 and referred by the Board of Aldermen on February 7, 1966 to
the Finance Committee:
(A) A resolution requestinR that the City of Atlanta
reduce the work week of firemen from 60 hours to
56 hours and to adopt a three-platoon system to
implement same.
(B) A resolution requesting overtime pay at the rate
of time and one half to firemen for all hours worked
in excess of 40 hours a week.
At the request of the Board of Aldermen, the Committee conducted a public
hearing on Friday, March 18, 1966 at 2:00 P. M., in which ten people spoke
favorably upon the request of the International Association of Fire Fignters.
The Finance Committee reviewed a communication from Mayor Allen, who is
Chairman of the Budget Commission, to Mr. John A. White regarding the
anticipation of City of Atlanta General Fund revenues and the consistency
with which the anticipations have been established for the last several years.
The Mayor also advised the Finance Committee that the revenue anticipations
cannot be revised upward after having been filed with the Mayor and Board of
Aldermen unless a new source of revenue is f ound or an existing source of
revenue is increased.
The Committee also reviewed a report prepared by the City Comptroller regarding the cost of implementing a 56-hour work week, ·using the three-platoon
system, for the firemen and the cost of paying time and one half as overtime
f or any hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The Committee determined
that if these two requests were granted, the annual cost would exceed $1,100,000.
After due and caref ul considerat i on, the Committee determined that there were
no funds on hand and available at this time to implement either or both of the
requests made by the International Association of Fire Fighters.
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Therefore, it is with regret that the Committee i s forced to file an adverse
report with your Honorable Body pe rtain ing t o these requestsr however, the
Committee/pledges that it will give first preference to reducinp the work
weekof- firemen in formulating the ·1 957 Budget before any over-all salary
increase is c onsidered for employees and officers of the City.
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The Honorable Mayor and Board of Aldermen
March 21, 1966
The Committee approved a provision for ove rtime pay at the rate of one and
one half times the rep,ular rate of pay to firemen who are called buck on
duty in an emergency after having worked 60 hours in that particular week.
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In 1962 ~~11 cle_ih rt. iCi'. t !.3 of t1; e City of .• tl ::.ntu,
except t!1e :r' ir·e .Jep a rti.:cnt lJad their 1i·or.i< \ ,eek
shortened to fort y or forty-four ~1ours, a :1d
The :£1.:bers of t h0 ,.t1,:..n t .... l:'ire ..Jepc:.rt...;ent nave
not h&d a reduction of hours since the _ lan of
In~rove ,::ent in Janu:-: ry 1952, and
TLe City of ,·.. tlar:t!:l, i!l the ~1atter of re :-~·. 1ired
VJOri< v;eek for ·::, he 1·' ire .i)epart:·:ent, i:as not h:e~.,t
pace •. :1th establisr.ed _;:,ractices in other 1:·:ajor
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cities in the country, &nd
.. l.u:J.u..;·-. s,
l'he Ciity of ~-.. tlor;. tct ~:·ers.::inr.el :,oaru. 1ms e n cour~tered r-;rea t dif f ic.~l :.:t in 1~rocur inc ar.d ret&ininG
qu&li:'ied api)liC"}Lts ror tLe :.?ire ...;ei,;}rt ..•c nt, C:.Lle
L r -~-.ely to tlw lou
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,;:orh: vrneL, now tii.erefore be it
1'12..t the .·.:ayor ~. lid •. o:::rd of .. lder ..•e1: of the City
of ;_._tlc.n t& endorse, r.eco ~.1 ·1ei~d and est2. blish by
ordi:-1c:nce coverintt: t :ie ~"ir·e LJepart;::i. Gr~t, a .-.iaxi~.~UJ i v1ork •;-:eek 01' fifty-six hours (as tne first
step in establishin::.- a forty hour v-ior.i: week for
the .fire 0e_part..:r..t:n t), ,rnd 'be it further
·.i.1
H.::..LOLV.i..D, I'ha t such i..:axiL:u..:n s tandar(ls be este.blisned ". :ithout reduction in -;,ay, and be it furtner
r....LOLV.LU,
'il1:1t in establisi1in7 a fifty-six hour \ :ork '\,\'eek,
the tlll'ee IJlE: toon syste!1 •-' t inaut :ura tcd, one
pl<:. toon v.- or ki:i::. t .r4e c. ay sHift, one .i~L. toon v.,orkin~~ t:..e r. i r ht sl,ift, c..Ld one iiiatoon beinL off~
each v,or l-.: L1c four da:;r s ar..J· bein:; off t\ i O dc.y s,
t.ae cycle tck in~.:; a p ) roxi.,£ tely 12 weeks to complete, at which ti1 e it would bee in anev, ar.d be
1 t further
Ii.i...SOLV..::.D. 'l'hc.t the fifty-six. hour v. or~ v:eek be established
with ec.ch ;il:·; toon !':.' aintuininf its _present struc-
ture a nd c0Gpli r,1en t of · officers, en r,ineers,
drivers, till e r '. ';en, etc, Hhich is nov; i.a effect
with tlle tuo pl2toon syste;11.
adopted at t!le rc.eetin e; of tee :...xecu tive · .=:oz.rd of Local ;,·1J4
Interru::tional .. lssoci~tion of :;; ire li1-- hters on ..1ece::. ber 29,
1965 and a_p£)J.'OVed by t,Le full bodJT
Janu:....ry 4, a~1d .;anu~ry
11, 1966
on
_ ,. v • 1ic:i:VW°< , .l-'r e si dent
�The fol'ty hour i., o rk v,ee:,;: has beco!ne the
acce11ted standard -..wrk week in industry,
city, county , state, and federal acencies
in all parts of the United ~tates,
and
,,
Li ke the dev el op:-;.ont in ii.clustry, the forty
hour work week or even shorter work weeks
hnve b<:.!co ;:le t .iie standard re~1ui r·e~1ents in
the federal c ov ern1::ent , in a f.lB..j ori ty of
the ot a tes and. ne:1r1~, all of the larce
cities ar..d. co unti es in _public e ..1ploy.'.':~ent
recofn ized as pa rt of the better tover~ed
units in our country , and
'l1 he reduction i n hours of v.:ork bas been
achieved in all instances witnout reduction
of pay, now therefore be it
l·,.l;$0LV~1), 'rh::.;t, all v;ork perfor1.i.0d by fire fi bhters of
tile -.1.tlan t;a ./ ire J el')artctCn t in excess of
forty (4-0) hot...rs in any on e week, be compensr:.ted c. t tiie ;rate of time ar.i.d one-half
of the established rate of pay •
.:\dopted at _the r:1eeting of the .... xe cut ive :.3oard of Local


il34 Intern.a. tional J1.ssocia ti on of ~'ir e 
?ie n·ters on


December 29, 1965 and a.8 p r ove d by t iie full body on
Janue.ry 4, and Janllc..:.r y 11, 1966.
.,
1.ci.V.J~, .?re si ci.ent
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�REGARDrnr, THE RESOLUTIONS THAT WERE ADOPTE D
BY THE INTERNATIONA L ASSOCIATION OF FI RE
FIGHTERS AND REFERRCD 70 THE FINAN CE
COMMITTEE ON FEERUARY 7, 1 966 ,-/ITH THE
REQ UES T FOR A PUB LI C HEARI NG ON MARCH 1 8,
CERTlcl~D
1966.
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MAR 2 1 1966
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Funds are not now avail able
either to shorten Atlanta firemen's workweek or r aise their
pay, lhe aldermanic finance
committee dec ided Fri day.
The action came after som e
400 firemen, their wives and
' supporters had overflowed th e
aldermanic ch ambe r at a public hearing. They asked that the
fire departm ent 's workweek be
cut to 5G hours from the present
60 hours and that time and a
half be paid for all hours o,·cr
1
4d.
The fin ance committee look
up the requests in executi,·e
session and wound up dec iding
that neither could be granted
immediately without r aising
By l\IAR IO!\' GAJ:i\ES
board salary r aises in any delaxes or the city's find ing some partmen ls.
new source of rcn!nuc.
All members of the fi nance
Th e aldermen made two con- commi ttee stressed that they
cessions, however, by adopting ~rer~ in sy~1path~ v:ilh the fireresolutions prom .sin g th at:
mern ob J e c ~ r v cs . But a_ll
(1 ) Tim e and a half ,rill agreed, too, mth .- Id . Charlie
henceforth be paid for firem an L,ef ~ncl,1, _th at !_} t c rrre~t c'.ty
called b;.ick lo dut,· in emer- 1b.1d .,.,~~ is as ti <>h. as its e, er
gency situations aft.er compLt- 1be~n . . 11 .,~ • ... ,,.
, • ,
ing their regu lar GO-h our wee ·. . ,complro .._'-' ,ch:t!·~~? .a , ;~
lt was estimated thi s \':ill cost lOJd the co,n_n.1t ce l ·"' imp.e
only some $5 000 to Sl0.000 a Dl l'illlll g th e ~6- lOllr week \',OU!ci
· '
· ·
rcq 11l!"e abr,ut 72 ac!cl1t1onal fireycc1r.
men at an ,rnn ua l cost ( based
(2J Th e 5G-hour week for fire- o_n lop pay s ca I CJ of some
men ,1·ill be given "The fi rst $526,052 .
consideration·• in clra\\· ing up
Paying lime and a half over
next year 's city budget o\·er
any r e q u e s t s for across-the- Conlinucc on Page 5, Col umn 1
for
~·e \'ver Hours
Continued From Page 1
40 hours for a 56-h ou r week
would co.;t about $704,618 a year·
and for a CO-hour week abou
$310,331 a yea r. Davis sa id.
At the publiC' hear ing. Capt. J.
C. Whitl ey told the aldermc
th at lhe city l':as practicing
"false economy" to train youn
mr n K firefighters and the
losr lh crn a short ti me later to
job wi th shorter hours ar.
wee ,ench anc holidays off.
I
S6 t. J. D. Garr ett pleaded fr-!'
irnplem cnt .1tion of the fi remen·
requests, dec laring: "\Ve can·t
strike ag;iinst you; all we can
do is quit and look for someth ing el , c."
Longtime Allanla businc. c
man Sam Rothberg urged
aldenmn to give the fireme n a
wage "that is just, fair a
right" even if it meant increasing laxes .
Insuranrrman l\T. M. (l\f gg,-;y) Smith sai d an imporlant
factor is '·the life hazcird- -\ · n
th ese mPn answer a fire ~ J
they nt\. r kw,w if they 'll c ~
back."
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�TO:
H. L.B.
I\
FROM:
RE:
J.B.P.
Memorandum on right of City of Atlanta Firemen to strike.
"Although there have been many strikes by public employees,
very few of them have reached the courts, or at least, very few have
been reported. However, in every case that has been reported, the
right of public employees to strike has been emphatically denied.
Unlike the right of labor in private industry, public employees do
not possess the rights of collective bargaining, the right to strike,
or the right to picket." 31 ALR 2d 1149 § 3, 1159 § 11.
"Furthermore, the courts have generally denied union membership to policemen and firemen because they owe undivided allegiance
to the public, and because it is absolutely necessary to the maintenance of discipline in the two services that public authorities
have complete control over them." 31 Arn Jur 429 § 56.
The constant argument of strikers in reported cases i ·s that
the right to strike is an inherent right protected by the provisions
of the Constitution.
The universal view of the courts is that "there is no inherent right in employees to strike against their governmental employer, whether federal, state or political subdivision thereof, and
strike of municipal employees for any purpose is illegal". Board of
Education of Community Unit School District #2, Appellant , vs. Doris
Redding, et alo, Supreme Court of Illinois, May 20, 1965. This was
a case of first impression in the Supreme Court of Illinois. - Custodial employees, in this case, were conducting a strike aga1nst their
school board employer and were picketing the schools in support of
the strike.
"In absence of legislative authority, public employees in
general have no right to strike against the government." Los Angeles
Metropolitan Transit Authority vs. Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen,
355 P.2d 905. This right must be deliberately expressed and is not to
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be implied. The Delaware River and Bay Authority vs. The International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pr1ots 2 211 A2d 789.
"In absence of legislation, right of employees of the Port
of Seattle, a political subdivision of the State and a municipal
corporation, to strike is subordinate to the immunity therefrom
of the Port of Seattle." Port of Seattle vs. International Longshoremens and Warehousemens Union, 324 P2d 1099.
A search of Georgia. laws reveals that there is no State
statute which gives public employees the authority to strike
against their employer.
/
The Supreme Court of Georgia; in the case of International
Longshoremens Association, AFL-CIO, et al., vs. Georgia Ports
Authority, held that "it is contrary to the public policy of the
State of Georgia for State employees to strike". Several out-ofstate cases were cited in support of this finding. This case involved the right of employees of the State Ports Authority to strike.
In further support of this ruling, Georgia Laws 1962, p.459 was
cited and Section 1 of said Act provides:
"Section lo No person holding a position by appointment or employment in the government of the State of Georgia
or any agency, authority, board, commission, or public institution thereof shall promote, encourage or participate in
any strike."
The question arises as to whether or not this State law is
applicable to an employee of a municipality. Is a municipality an
agent, authority~ board, commission or public institution of the
State of Georgia?
/
Municipalities, in the following cases, have been classified
as agencies or de par tments of the State :
" 'Municipalities ' a r e agencie s of the commonwe alth
created by the sovereignt y of the people ." Adams v . Ok lahoma
City, 95 P . 975 , · 979 2 20 Okl . 519 .
"A ' municipalit y ' is merely a po litic a l su bdivision
or department of the s tate." Jersey City v . Martin, 19A . 2d
40 , 45 , 126 N.JoL. 353; Storrs v. Heck, 190 So. 78, 84, 238
Alao 196.
�"A municipality, being no more than,, a governmental
agency of the state with the powers limited and defined
by statute. o ." Valentine v. Road Directors of Allegany
County, 126 A. 147, 150, 146 Md. 199.
"A municipality is a state agency for governmental
purposeso It exercises political governmental powers
delegated by the state o" City of Lex ington v. Thompson,
68 S.W., 477, 479, 113 Kyo 540, 57 L.R.A. 775.
"A 'municipal corporation' is a department of the
government of state, created by the Legislature . •
and
is synonymous with 'public corporation' and 'municipality'."
Neuenschwander v. Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission,
48 A.2d 593, 597, 187 Md. 67.
0
" 'Municipality' is, in its governmental aspect, an
agency of the state for the administration, within the prescribed limits, of the governmental function and powers of
the stateo" Public Service Electric & Gas Co. v. City of
Camden, 192 A. 222, 226, 118 N.J.L. 245.
No reported cas es have been found wherein a municipal
employer attempted to bring itself within the purview of the 1962
Act. Even though a court might hold that a municipal employer does
not come within the scope of the 1962 Act, it appears that a strike
could be successfully enjoined on the ground3that municipal employees have no express right to strike, that a strike by municipal
employees is contrary to public policy and that the munic-ipal employer is irmnune .from strikes by its employees.
�t//
RAWSON HAVERTY
ATLANTA,GEORGTA
I\
September 16, 1966
Dear Earl:
Here are my notes which were copied and turned
over to the Firemen's union by one of our girls.
I am terribly embarrassed, and apologize.
I don't think any damage is done, as the facts
outlined are almost exactly those published in the
accompanying article in "u.s. News & World Report."
Thanks for your courtes y in g ivin g me this
information.
I deeply regret the breach of security.
Sincerely,
Mr. Earl Landers, Exec utiv e Secretary
Office of the Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
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September 15, 1966
MEMORANDUM RE:
FIREMEN'S STRIKE
I\
To get the facts on the firemen's s{tuation (because many of us are
receiving letters, and it's a matter of public interest), I called
Earl Landers, assistant to Ivan Allen, and talked with him by phone
·yesterday.
Briefly the story is as follows:
The City at the first of this year employed the Public Administrative
~ociety (an independent Chicago organization which makes surveys of
municipalities and specializes in personnel, J>Ositions, salaries, and
so on) to make a survey of the Atlanta City government, its personnel,
wage scales, etc., and to bring in a complete report in September of
this year.
Second fact:
For many years the firemen in Atlanta have been members
of the International Firefighters Association, a branch of the AF of L.
('
In the early spring of this year (about April) the members of the
Firefighters Association came to the Mayor's office and asked for an
increase in salary.
At the time, the budget for 1966 had been adopted
and the City was advised that they could neither legally nor financially
grant any overall wage increase during the year 1966; but they promised
to grant an increase in 1967 based on the recommendations of the Public
Administrative Society.
Many of the younger firemen were unhappy with this decision and left
the union.
Spurred on by the Teamsters, they formed an independent
union called the Atlanta Firefighters Union Independent.
This is still
called an independent, but the Teamsters are behind the s~ene.
In June of this year they walked out, but approximately 200 . senior
firemen remained with their own union affiliation and would not leave.
The City holds a contract with the AF of L, and this contract contains
a "no strike" clause.
When the firemen walked out, they were immediately enjoined to return
to their jobs, but the City and the union agreed to arbitration, and
accepted Dr. Ed Harrison, President ot Tech, as arbitrator.
Their
request had been for a decrease in working hours (they had been working 60 hours a week) and an increase in salary.
Dr. Harrison's
recommendation was either a 7.2% increase in salary or the equivalent
reduction in the work-week, which would be a reduction from a 60 to a
56-hour work-week.
The union refused to accept the recommendation of the arbitrator,
demanding a 10% increase effective September 1, plus whatever PdA.S. ·
recommended beginning January 1.
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September 22, 1966
Mrs. Jackie Berry
Executive Secretary
Mutual Insurance Agents
3 78 Kenilworth Cb-cle
Stone Mountain, Georgia
30083
Dear Mrs . Berry:
This will acknowledge receipt of the Resolution
adopted by the Georgia Association .o f Mutual
Insurance Agents concerning fire protection
for the City of Atlanta.
M y I assure you that the City is receiving
adequate protection and we. are mo t gr teful
for youi- support.
S incerely yours,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor
IAJr/br
�Mutual Insurance Agents
SERVICE • SAVINGS
GEORGI A
lfflff
ASSOCIATION
Phone: 469-8074
378 Kenilworth Circle
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. 30083
Sept embe r 20 , 1966
Hon . Ivan Allen, Mayor,
City of Atlanta ,
Atlanta, Ga.
Dear May or Al l en:
.t<.:n close d is a resolution whi ch wa s adopte d at
t h e 29 th Annual Bus iness Me eti ng of the Geor gia
As s ociation of r ut ual Insurance Age nts, c onc e rnin the fi remen's str ike .
Sincere l y,
q=ie6:::;;-
~ uti ve Se cretary
�Mutual Insurance Agents
IIR 1----------SERVICE , SAVINGS
I-
GEO R GI A
A SSOCIATION
11
IIIDEPEl<DDrl' MU'nJAL
l!ISURA!ICE AGENT
Phone: 469-8074
378 Kenilworth Circle
STONE MOUNTAIN, GA. 30083
GEORGIA
FULTON COUNTY
HES LUTION
\HE_EA.S, the Georgia Association of Mutual Insurance
gents re cogni zes the s eriousness of t he l a ck of proper
fire prot e ct ion in t h e City of Atlanta, t h is Assoc iation
goes on record as urging the parties conc erned to take
whatever acti on is necessary to pr omp tly restore fire
prot e ction services to p:rrperly protec t lives and property
in this Ci t y .
This resolution adopted a t the 2 9th
nnual
Meeting of t h is Associ ation . September 16, 1966.
usiness
�September 14, 1966
Mr . P . W. Brandon
Regional Office and Warehouse Manager
S . C. Johnson and Son, Inc .
P. O. Box 107 38
30310
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr . Brandon:
Mayo1· .Allen has reque ted me to acknowledge your letter of
Sept mber 7, 19 66.
You are no doubt aware that the .Atlanta firemen were told
r peatedly that the City could neither legally~ financially
grant their reque t during 1966. They wer a aured by
resolution of the Board of Aldermen that they would receive
both salary increase and a r duction in work hour on
January 1, 1967. This they chos to ignore.
City officials including the Per onnel Dir ctor, th Chi f of
the Fire Department, th Mayor and the ntire Bo rd of
Aldermen f el th t the po ition taken by the City regarding the
triking firem n i in th be t intere t of 11 of our citiz n •
It is our under
nding .irom Chi f C. H. Hildebr nd th t th
Southea t rn Bo rd of Fire Underwrlt r togeth r with r pr v con£ rr d
s ntativ s of individual insur nee companie
with th Chi f r garding the fire protection b
g render d,
and ther has been no indic tion on the
rt of anyon th.at
�Mr. P . W. Brandon
September 13, 1966
Page Two
tber will be an incre
in fire in urance rates . li you
have any information to th contrary, I am sure that Chief
Hildebrand would ppreciate being advised of it.
Please be as ured that City ofiici l
re sonable solution to th problem.
will continue to s~ek a
Very truly yours,
R . Earl L nders
dmini tr tive A l!li tant
REL :lp
CC: Chief C . H . Hildebr nd
�S. C. JOHNSON & SON. INC.
<t.Johnson
RACINE. WISCONSIN. U. S. A.
ATL AN TA OFFI CE. 9 79 DONN ELL Y AV ENUE. S.W .. P. O. BOX 10 738. ATL ANTA. GEO RG I A 303 10 ARE A CODE
404
PL3 ·9 751
September 7, 1966
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
My Dear Mayor Allen :
I am quite alarmed and disturbed oirer the strike by the Atlanta Firemen.
This is to register my complaint that I am not happy with the present
fire protection and I am also disgusted that my fire insurance will
probably go up ..
In carefully reading all newspaper reports, editorials, and watching the
TV reports, I am in agreement that I do not approve of the strike, and I
do feel the firemen ar e us i ng poor j udgment.
However, I must state that I feel that the city officials, including
yourself, have been a little stubborn in the matter., My question is why
you would not agree to letting the court rule on whether funds could be
given ~ o If the court had ruled that the city position was correct, I
believe the firemen would remain content until January 1st.
Why can't you negotiate further on this point? Do not jeopardize our
safety, property, and insurance rates, even though it is disgusting to
both of us that they walked out.
I think my criticism is equal to both sides, but at this point, you are
the one that will not talk to the firemen .. I do not want to be in this
dangerous position for one year or more. Pleasel
Sincerely yours,
@/{!/3~cu~kL-P., W., Brandon
Regional Office & Warehouse Manager
PWB/bl
�September 9 , 1966
Mr. Lawson A . Sewell
President, Local 3204
Communications Workers of America
Henry Grady Building
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Sewell :
I am in receipt of your resolution from Local 3204. Knowing
of the high standing of your organization, I am sure you will
want to correct the mis-statement in the fifth paragraph of
your r solution.
I am enclosing a copy of the Harrison Report, which did not
recommend immediate increase in wages or a reduction of
hours. To the contrary, the recommendation says January 1,
1967.,
The Hardson report was turned down unequivocally by the
independent union without any discussions with the city.
Sine rely,
Ivan All n, Jr.
Mayor
lAJr:am
.Enclo ure
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The firemen came before a meeting of the Fire Committee under the
chairmanship of Alderman Milton Farris. The Committee agreed to
~ore than was recommended by the arbitrator,
They agfeed to grant
~ 2-step 8,8% wage increase effective January 1 (the first legal
date; as Dr. Ed Harris6n, as arbitrator, had double-checked the
f egality and had gotten a written opinion from the City Attorney
and other legal counsel),
In addition, the City agreed to begin
employing,in October, 72 additional men so that they would be
trained and, effective January l, they would cut the work-work from
60 to 56 hours.
It would require 72 additional men to fully man the
stations and reduce the hourly work-week to this extent,
From the standpoint of the overall -cost to the City, the new men
reflected an equivalent of 7,2% increase in wages.
This, added to
the 8,8% offered, meant a 16% increase to the City.
The firemen let the meeting without comment and walked off the job
the next day,
The City had anticipated this, had drawn the necessary
injunctions, and had secured a legal injunction that evening preventing the firemen from leaving their jobs.
This injunction was
publicized and made effective, but the men refused to return to work,
A meeting was held with the Mayor, City Attorney, and the chief of
the Firefighters.
Chief Hildebrand was authorized and did issue
direct orders to each of the men to return to work under the authority
of the ~njunction, and further gave direct orders that if they did not
they would be either fired or suspended, depending upon their status
under Civil Service rights.
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After this action was taken, the Mayor received a personal letter
irom Archbishop Hallinan, apparently instigated at . the request of
~he Firefighters.
He suggested that the Mayor appoint Judge Sam
~ cKenzie to review the legal opinions involved in the granting of
¥age increases during the year 1966.
The Mayor declined to accept
i his sug g estion, b~cause they had already taken the steps of
~upportin g Chief Hildebrand in the notification of each member of
Fhe Fire Department ordering them back to work witr the alternative
pf suspension.
Secondly, if the opinion of the City Attorney and
other counsel had been overturned by Judge MiKenzie, they were not
~\ ble to financially meet the demands of the union.
The felt the
~nly course open to them was the one taken of fifing those who
iefused to work and repla~ing them with recruits.
I , thought you would want to have these facts as presented by the
City.
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The Atlanta Firefighters Union Independent will and are ready
at anytime to Ytart negottations with the Mayo~ of the City of
Atlanta. We have alw~ys b@@n r@~dy. The AtlMta Fir@ft~h~@~o
have agreed to accept Dr. Erwin D. Harrison's report. Thia
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 shorter
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 1.
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.
the
the
the
his
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.
�DR. CHARLES EBERHART
DR. J. W. MORGAN
SUIT E
570 • C
490 PEACHTREE STREET, N, E.
ATLAN T A. GEORGIA 30308
TELE P HO N E 525-5567
September 17, 1966
Ivan Al len, Jr., Mayor
City of Atlant a
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear 1ayor Al l en :
The members of this office and myself want to commend you for the wonderful
leadership shown during the recent mob violence activities in Atl anta. That
positive non-violent reaction stops them in their tracks and we hope you can
continue to be successful with this technique.
Prior to the recent disturbance I had 1vri tten you a letter concerning the fire man 's walkout, which should be a cause for concern for all citizens. It sickens
me to see the fe deral government drain off off our tax money and waste it on poverty programs and other senseless activity while our public servant$, f iremen,
school teachers, policemen and municipal en11;,loyees remain underpaid. One cannot
expect talented, responsible people to work f or low income. I favor increasing
local taxes so that this money does not reach the federal government who spends
it so irresponsibly.
If t his trend is not corrected, I fear it will give the federal government excuse
to interfere with all activities down to the connnunity level. We of t he medical
profession are beginning to feel the liberty chilling influence of the federal
gureaucracy since insection of medicare since July 1, 1966.
Sincerely,
Charles Eberhart , M.D.
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The Atlanta Firefighters Union Independent will and are ready
at anytime to start negotiations with the Mayor of the City of
Atlanta. We have always been ready. The Atlanta Firefighters
have agreed to accept Dr. Erwin D. Harrison's report. This
we tried to do before Friday, September 2.
Dr. Harrison, President, Georgia Institute of ~echnology, in
his mediator's report, gave the Union the option of a shorter
work-hour week or an increase in pay. The report was made
public. I will read in part from Dr. Harrison's report:
.QEtion 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 increase 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 l or be
retroactive from January 2, 1967 to September 1.
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.
the
the
the
his
recommendations of
City of Atlanta, that the
hands of a Superior Court
findings be binding on
The Mayor has refused to si~ ·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.
�Communication1I,OCAL 3204
522-8171
807 HENRY GRADY BUILDING
26 CAIN STREET, N. Vf.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
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September 22, 1966
Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor
City of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Sir:
Thank you for your letter of September 9, 1966 and the Meadiator's
Report of The Atlanta Firefighters Union, Ind., and The City of
Atlanta. You state that paragraph 5 of the Resolution contains a
misstatement that I might like to correct. Does paragraph 5 contains a misstatement? Doesn't Dr. Harrison on page 3 of the
Meadiator's Report lead all of us to believe that had it not been
for the legal opinion he would have suggested an immediate increase
in wages or a reduction in hours?
Doesn't Dr. Harrison bring this out clearly in the second paragraph,
page 3, when he states "On the other hand, I recognize that the
legal opinion, though provided by a most distinguished and competent Atlanta firm has no legal standing . "?
I believe Dr. Harrison, had it not been for the legal advice and ,
" along with the rather narrow restrictions placed on him by the
resolution " would have recommended, and did believe , that an
i mmediate inc r ease in wages or a reduction in hours was right and
proper .
It i s my b elief and the belief of those interested in the r esolu ti on
p assed by t h is Loc al Un ion that y ou and t h e Boa r d of Alde r man are
attempting t o hide behin d a te c h n ical i t y of the Cha rte r in an effort
to d e stroy o r g aniz ed l abo r insofar as t he City of At l a nta i s concerned.
�Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
September 22, 1966
I believe you and any other right thinking citizen of this area
realizes that when everyone admits that the employees 0f this city
are underpaid, that you must be fighting something altogether
different than a mere violation of the Charter.
Sooner or later the citizens of Atlanta will awaken to the fact
that two or three firemen in a firehouse is not adequate fire
protection. Sooner or later these same citizens will realize that
the experience of more than 400 firemen can not be replaced by
January 1. This will be realized sooner than expected when the
insurance rates for the City of Atlanta are hiked due to this
inexperience and inadequate coverage.
Since you had a suggestion that I correct the misstatement of the
resolution of this Local let me give you this advice, give the
firemen a raise and get them back on the job! A great Mayor of a
great city can find a way and the means without violating a
Charter.
Sincerely,
/~a_
LAWSON A. SEWELL, President
Local 3204, C. W. A.
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STATEMENT BY CHIEF C. H. HILDEBRAND
ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT
Friday, September 16, 1966
For Release 11:00 A. M.
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The City of Atlanta has in ope ration this morning 25 fully
manned Fire Stations.
The t\ltal personnel in the department has now risen to
357 -- 313 of these employees performing actual firefighting
duties.
Sixty-seven new recruits have been assigned to stations
for in-service training and duty under the leadership of
experienced Firemen and Fire Officers.
We are able to maintain an on-duty shift strength average
of 175 firefighting personnel because of extended work hours
of those Firemen who have remained on the job.
Our attempts to recruit new men to rebuild the Fire
.
Department have been extremely successful.
Since Labor
Day the City Personnel Department has examined 327 applicants .
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140 of these have passed the written examination and are being
processed for in-service training and firefighting duties immediately.
The Personnel Department is making plans to conduct a
recruiting campaign throughout the Southeast and through the
employment of new personnel and the extende d work hours of
our experienced personnel, we should be able to place the
-r~o ""o.b le_
remaining unmanned stations in operation within a- v~ry ahoM
period of time.
The Personnel Office at 260 Central Avenue, S. W. is
remaining open until 7:30 p. m. Monday through Friday and
until noon on Saturdays to receive and process firefighters
applications.
I am re questing all the citize ns of Atlanta to practice good
fire prevention measures in their homes, businesses, churches
and schools.
A check-off list is being released to the news media
for s e lf-inspection of your premis es which, if conscientiously
adhered to, can prevent fires and preserve property.
�TO ALL ATLAIHA CITIZENS
The Fire Department of Atlanta - your Fire Departr;1ent - is making every
effort to give the citizens of Atlanta the best fire protection possible, but
we do need your help,
The prevention of fires while always important i~ particularly important
during this period while new personnel are being trained.
What can you do to help?
You can do many things.
FIRES ARE NOT ACCIDENTS
You can cause or prevent fires!
Use the check lists be 1m·, and good old Arr,eri can common sense
and you may save your JOB--PROPERTY--OR EVEN YOUR LIFE-----
YOUR HOhE
Is all rubbish cleaned out of basements, closets, attic, gara ge and
yard?
Are there any unsafe electrical extension or appliance cords?
Are your fuses the right size?
Is your heating and cooking equipment safe?
Is gasoline for power mower safely stored?
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YOUR BUSil~ESS
Is smoking adequately controlled?
Is wiring and electrical equipment safe?
Is trash and refuse removed daily to a safe place?
Has your heating system been checked ~Ya qualified
that it is safe?
Is guard , caretaker or watchman properly instructed
Is cooking equipment including hoods and ducts kept
Is packing material safely kept?
Are lift trucks refueled only in safe locations?
Is the yard and premises kept free of leaves, scrap
Are paints , flammable liquids and oily rags handled
person to see
and service adequate?
clean?
lumber and de bris?
and stored safely?
YOUR CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS
Are your schools adequately protected against unauthor i zed entry?
Is the hea ting equipment checked annually by a qualifi ed fi rm or emp loyee?
Is the electrical wirinq safe?
Is rubbis h col lected and disposed of i n a safe ma nner so as t o not enda nger
the occupant s or stru ctu r e?
If coo ki ng equ i pme nt is pr ovided, i s you r hood, duct, and stove cleaned
fre qu en t ly?
EVERYBOUY


any fires start shortly after you leave your home or close your business.


Does someone check f or hazards every day at closing time or just
before leaving your home?
Is your wiring safe and are defective extension cords replaced?
Do you make it a practice to not allow unauthorized burning of refuse?
Is trespass guarded against?
Is all fire protection equipment in working order?
Are you careful with smoking and matches?
i~EV ER, l~EVER s:·ioKE IN BED
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RFG TR UNION, INC.
R , J. CAUM
ROBERT L. MITCHELL
J . I. M A RT IN
SECRETARY
BU S IN ES S AG E NT
PR ES IDE N T
J . F. BENNETT
L . G . ST Y R ON
TR EAS URER
V ICE PRE S ID EN T
701 WILLIAM•OLIVER BUILDING
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
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September, 1966
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
The City of Atlanta refused to accept the recommendations of mediator,
Tech President, Edwin Harrison, and will not talk to firemen.
President:- lfarrison heard from both sides, investigated the problem and
c ame up with these major re-c=non<lations-:
Increase the firemen's pay about 7% (this would cost the City
$400,000)
OR
Reduce their work week from 60 to 56 hours a week (This would
cost the City $40Q.OOO) effective January 1, 1967.
The mediator said the firemen should be given the choice of either
the increase in pay or the reduction in hours. Firemen accepted the
increase in pay.
The reduction in our original proposal to 48 hours would be worthwhile.
The 7.14% increase in pay to be in addition to any FUTURE General
pay raises which all City employees may receive.
The enclosed resolution, when approved by the Mayor and Aldermatic
Board, wi ll return fire protection to you and the City of Atlanta.
Jack I. Hartin,
President




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RESOLUTION
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WHERE~S, The City of Atlant~ has been unable to resolve its
dis-
pute with the 600 members of the Atlanta Firefighters Union Inde pendent
over wages, hours and working conditions, and
HHEREAS, the federal laws pertaining to mediation and conciliation
ar e not applicable to such a dispute, and
WHEREAS, since said disput e has not been r e solved some 600 f ir emen stopped work on September 2, 1966 and refused to continue to work
under their existing wages, hour s and wor~ing conditions, and
WHEREAS,
the fa ilur e to resolve t h i s disput e between the par t ies
has resulted in a continuing work stoppage which endangers the life , limb
a nd pr oper ty of every re sident of th i s City .
NOW, THEREFORE , BE IT RESOLVED tha t this body go on re cor d as
urging and suggest ing both the City of Atlanta a nd the Atlanta Fi refight e rs Union Independent to s ettl e t his d isput e ba s ed on the impartial mediation report of Dr. 'Eawin Harrison , President of Georgia
Tech Universi ty, and with c er tain other guarante e s to the members of
the Atlanta Firefighters Union, which are:
1. The fir emen having elected to exercise Option II of the
Har ris on report which grants them a 7 .14 percent incr ease in salary,
the Harrison increase to be in addition to any other increases received
by other City emp loyees on January 1, 1967.
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2. As suggested by the Harrison report, the legality of an
immediate increase to the firemen be either arbitrated or adjudicated
in a court of competent jurisdiction.
If the legal point be resolved
against the City, then the firemen to receive the 7.14 increase
recommended by Dr. Harrison retroactive to September 1, 1966.
3. That an impartial grievance and promotional committee be
forthwith negotiated between these parties.
4. That all firemen who are participating in the present work
stoppage be forthwith reinstated with full seniority and all other
employee benefits.
5. That all firemen be reinstated without recriminations or discrimination of any kind or any disciplinary action.
The City to
agree not to favor a striking fireman over a non-striking fireman on
account of such fireman's union activity or lack of it in promotions
or any other employer-employee relations.
6. In order to avoid future misunde rstandings by these parties,
the foregoing should be in contract form, by way of written resolution,
letter o f intent or written agreement binding on both parties.
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Mayor's Office, City Hall
Mr . R . C . Cook, President L ocal 528
801 P EST A ug 24 66 AA 755
A LLC370 PD FAX Atlanta Ga 24 730P EST
I AM MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WIRE AND WISH TO
ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORTS ON
BEHALF OF THE FIREMEN IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
IVAN ALLE N, JR.
MAYOR
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Mayor's Office, C i ty Hall
M r . R oy Cheurich Interna tional Vic e P resid ent
Amal gamate d Meat Cutte rs and B utcher W orkmen of North
America
450P EST Aug 24 66 AF 38 1
11
A LLH1 65 RX PD 9EXTRA A tlanta Ga 24 4 15 P EST
I AM MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WIRE AND WISH TO
ASSURE YOU ntA T YOUR SUPPOR T OF OUR EFFORTS ON
BEHALF OF THE F I REMEN IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
IVAN ALLEN, J R .
MAYOR
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Mayor's Office, City Hall
Mr . T . Scott Walters Pres Atlanta Dis Lodge 46 1AM
and AW AFLCIO (05) .
408P EST Aug 24 66 AC338
A LLC282 PD 5 Extra Atlanta Ga 24 4\op EST
I AM MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WIRE AND WISH TO
ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORTS ON
BEHALF OF THE FIREMEN IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
IVAN ALLEN, JR.
MAYOR
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Mayor 's Office, City Hall
Mr . O . D . Shepard, President Local 365 Amalgamated
Clothing Workers of America • . • 836A EST Aug 25 66 AB264
A LLR20 PO 3 Extra Atlanta Ga 25 826A Est
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I AM MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WIRE AND WISH TO
ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORTS ON
BEHALF OF THE FIREMEN IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
IVAN ALLEN, JR .
MAYOR
�Mayor's Office, City Hall
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M r . Wm. N . Jenkins Secretary Treasurer Retail Clerks
Union Local I 063
459P EST Aug 24 66 AE388
A LLR247 PD 2 Extra Atlanta Ga 24 408P EST
I AM MOST GRATEFUL FOR YOUR WIRE AND WISH TO
ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR EFFORTS ON
BEHALF OF THE FIREMEN IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
IVAN ALLEN, JR .
MAYOR
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September 9. 1966
Mr . Law on A . S well
P resident. Local 3204
Communication Wor
Henry Gr dy Building
Atlanta, Georgi
rs of
merica
Dear M r . Sew 11:
1 min receipt of your resolution from L oe l 3204. Knowing
of the high
ruling of your or aniz tion, I am ur you ill
want to correct the ml - tatem nt in th fifth · r gr ph of
your r olutio •
I m enclo ing a copy of the Harrison R port, which did not
recommend imme · te lncre a in
or r duction of
tion
y Jan ry 1,
hour • To
1967..
Tb.e
i de
rri on r port
nd nt unio
Ivan llen, Jr.
Mayor
IAJr:am
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as turn d do
un quivoc ly by th
out ny di cue ions with the city.
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RESOLUTION
Atlanta Local 3204 communications Workers of America in the
general membership- meeting September 6, 1966 unanim~usly states
the following:
WHEREAS:
The Atlanta, Georgia Firemen are underpaid and
work vixty (60) hours per week and:
WHEREAS:
For an untold number of months these Firemen and
the AFL-CIO Local to which they belonged negotiated fruitlessly
with Mayor Ivan ~llen ..and the Board of Firemasters and;
WHEREAS:
These Atlanta Firemen formed an independent
union to correct these unreasonable working conditions and:
WHEREAS:
The dispute was submitted by both parties to Dr.
Edwin Harrison, President of Georgia Institute of Technology and:
WHEREAS:
The recommendations of Dr. Harrison were turned
down by Mayor Allen and the Board of Firemasters: those
recommendations being, an immediate increase in wages or a
reduction in hour s and;
WHEREAS:
Local 3204 CWA conside rs the City's action and
that by the Board of Fi remasters as unreasonable and in utter
disregard of the well -being of Atlanta Fireman and their families :
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that; Local 3204 Communi cations
Workers of America advises all people that it supports the Atlanta
Fire Fighters Union Independent in its demand for reasonable pay
and in its strike against the City of Atlanta.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that; this resolution be mailed to all
c ity officials; Georgia Congressmen; Senators: George Meany,
AFL-CIO President: J o Ao Beirne, President of CWA1 and Captain
J. I. Martin, President of Atlanta Fir e Fighter s Union I nde-
pendent.
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LAWSON A. SEWELL, President
Local 3204, c. w. A.
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June 10, 1966
M r. George Eo Gill
District Director
Communications Workers of America
4 0 Pryor Stre.et, S. W .
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear M r. Gill:
I appreciate your thoughtfulness in writing me during the trying
circumstances involved in our recent firemen' problems. I am
a great cham.pion of organized labor and the right of coll ctive
bargining. I have publicly stated this on many occasions, and
carried out my b liefs in every po sible instance.
My whole background and training has been a development of the
principle that the w lfare of the public as a whol cannot b put
in jeopardy under any circumstances. In my opinion, the protective services of a city mu t accept their re ponsibility. T hi
responsibility cannot xce pt the right to put ~1e public in jeopardy.
I can assure you that I a m fair nd rea onable.
Since:rely,
Ivan A ll n, Jr.
May or
IAJr:am
�OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
DISTRICT 3
FLORIDA
1'ENTUCICY
ALA BAMA
GEORGIA
TENN E SS E E
LOUI S IANA
SOUTH CAROLINA
NORTH CAROLINA
MIS S ISSIPPI
40 PRYOR STR EET, S. W.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA 30303
June 9, 1966
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta
Georgia
My dear Mayor Allen:
I have been following with great interest the news stories about the crisis
in the Fire Department. I have the greatest respect for the firemen and
other public servants of our great city and strong sympathy for the needs
of the firemen, especially. I have admired you, too, Mr. Mayor for your
demonstrated capacity to lead Atlanta forward and as a citizen feel honor
bound to support you as you exercise the power of your office in meeting
the responsibilities of your leadership.
What the papers say about your position with the firemen, however, I find
almost unbelievable and certainly unsupportable. These firemen have left
jobs which they have found to be intolerable. Based on present day standards of pay and working hours, I fully agree with them that their conditions
are appalling. I think you would, too, if you had to be a fireman for a few
days. Now comes our honorable Mayor and a judge who doesn't even bother to
hear both sides and says to these men, "You will be forced under penalty of
prison to work for us." Not for me, Mr. Mayor, nor for any other thoughtful ,
freedom- loving citizen of this city. I repudiate the very thought.
I am a proper ty owner and a long time citizen of Atlanta and I would r ather
see the whole city burned to the ground than to fo rce ~ single citizen into
i nvoluntar y ser vitude fo r my convenience. Think , Mr. Mayor! You are proposing t o make slaves of these men . They are free citizens, Mr. Mayor , no t
subject unde r any circumstances to work against their wishes for any man.
I don' t know the details of your negotiations with these men. I know fr om my
own experience in colle ctive barga ining that i t is almos t i mp oss ible t o ge t
the full flavor of a l abo r di spute i n t o the pub li c print s . I . recognize that
men pushed beyond endur ance can sometimes be exasperating , But it app ears,
Mr. Mayor, that you would not even meet with the se men until after their
frustration had driven them from their jobs and t hen only to threaten them
with slavery, May I respectfully s ugge s t that a more moderate, concilliatory
and sympathetic approach on your part could have prevented this crisis and
�The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
June 9, 1966
Page Two.
could still cure it. These men obviously have a real grievance against the
city -- that means me, as a citizen and you, Mr. Mayor, as my spokesman and
representative. No self-respecting· man so situated could react any way
except with resentment and rebellion to the insulting repudiation of their
long-standing efforts to achieve some relief .
As a full and complete solution to this problem, Mr , Mayor , I commend to
you and the Board of Aldermen the full and complete implementation of the
Golden Rule, Slavery and the bull whip may seem desirable to you at the
moment but it is not an acceptable policy in America, even under the most
pressing provocation.
Very truly yours ,
JJ~
f/4&1
George E~
ll
Distri ct Director
GEG / mfw
�June 10, 1966
Mr. R . J . Butler, Sec reta~y
Atlanta Georgia Labor Council , AFL-CIO
250 Tenth Street, N . E.
Atlanta , Georgia
Dear Mr . Butler :
Thank you for your letter of June 9th, and I joi n with you in
expressing appreciation to Firefight rs local union #134 and
to the loyalty of theii- men who maintained fire service for the
people of Atlanta.
I have repeatedly recognized the International Association of
Firefighters Local # 134 in the news media, and will continue
to express appreciation to them.
Sometimes we don't get everything we want in the newspaper ,
but we can k ep on trying.
With grateful acknowledgement, I am
Sincer ly,
Ivan All n, Jr.
Mayor
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ATLANTA GEORGIA
LABOR COUNCIL AFL-CIO
AFFILIATED WITH
AMERICAN FEDERATION OP' LABOR ·
CONGRESS OP' INDUSTRIAL
ORGANIZATIONS
AND
SECOND AND FOURTH WEDNESDAYS
LABOR TEMPLE
250 TENTH STREET. N. E.
876-3096
J . 0. (JIM) MOORE, PRESIDENT
R. J. BUTLER, SECRETARY
GEORGIA STAT!: AFL-CIO
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FINANCIAL SECRETARY-TREASURER
VICE-PRESIDENTS
M ARTH A TRU E
HARRY B E XLEY
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G. B, CAUDELLE
MELVIN GRANTHAM
HERB GR EEN
LUCILLE GUTHAS
W. W. HUDSON
F , H . KING
FRA NK LESLEY
STEVE C . MCGARITY
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ROY NORTON
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RUBY JOHNSON
F I NANCE COM M ITTEE
250 TENTH STREET,
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ATLANTA,GA.3O3O9
GRA C E A L VAREZ
O M A B ARTON
BEATRICE HENDER SON
J une 9, 1966
Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr .
Ma yor
City of At lanta
City Ha l l
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear May or Allen:
The Atlanta Ge orgia Labor Counc il, AFL-CIO, at regular
meeting on June 8, 1966, went on record to reaffirm
our position in support of the International Assoc iation of Fire Fighters Local No. 134, and as a voice of
Organized Labor in g re a ter Atlanta, to make our posi t ion
clear. The Fire Fig ht er s Local No. 134 , is t he only
organization recognized by the Atlanta Labor Council, AFLCIO, re p resenting Firemen in the Ci ty of Atlanta. The soc a lle d ind e p end ent union has no aff il i ation wit h the Atlan ta
La bor Council , AFL- CIO o r a ny other segment of the AFL - CIO .
We are in co mplet e s y mpat hy, and s u pport the res olutions
s u b mit t ed b y t he International Fire Fighters Local Union
No . 134, t o t he City of At la nt a Alder manic Boar d, r e questing be tter workin g conditions and more pa y f or t h e
At l anta Firemen , however , we wis h t o make clear that we
will not condone this ra sh, irresponsib l e action of this
so-called independent union.
The officials of the City of Atlanta are not without some
blame for this emergency. Had they been sincerely interested in the problems of the Firemen, which were presented to
them several months ago, they would have taken some positive
action and made some concrete proposal to remedy some of
these problems, however, they only saw fit to use the oldest
"dodge", a politician has at his disposal, "I-' 11 give it
due consideration".
�June 9, 1966
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
We are a loss to understand why you have n ot seen
f i t to recognize, t hrough th e news media, the fact that
the International Associatibn of Fire Fighte r s Local No.
134, has been representing the Firemen of the Cit y of
Atlant a f or about forty years and duri n g this per io d of
emergency, the faithful members of Local No. 134 are working
around the clock to man th e fire stations in our c ity , with
the prime c ons id eration being the protecti on of the pro p erty
of the citizens of Atlanta.
The Atlanta Geo r gia Labor Council, AFL-CIO is available
at any time to assist in any way you may deem necessary in
this matter .
With best wishes and kindest pe rs onal regards, I am
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Council, AFL-C I O
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Jam.es o. Moore, P resident
Atlanta, Georgia L bor Council, AFL-C1O
June
9. 1966
arly pa.rt of this year, the Atlanta, Q orgia. Labor Council,
The
AFL -CIO went on record of supporting the F irefighters Local Union ff 134,
AFL -CIO in their request to city officials in seeking
and time nd a half-time for overtime.
56 hour work wee
The local utlion did receive the
time ~nd a half-tim.e fox- overtime, but did not receive the aborter wor week.
We did, and till think that the firemen are deserving of this relief,
believ that the city could have found a remedy for this situation.
tbi · tiid not ha.pp n, but
for the ye • 1967.
t · everal yeare , the city has con
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hown · ood faith.
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as promi ed that it would be iven fir · t con i deration
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recognised th AFL -CIO,
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bide by tbb decision.
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nt to ma e it cle . ~ that the 98 oth r loc . unio-n affili ted
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Septe-mber 12, 1966
Mr. Fred Burrell
Fulton County Court House
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Burrell:
I am most grateful for your assisting
Dr. Harrison during the recent hearings
for the Fire Department when you
transsribed the proceedings.
M ay I officially express our appreciation
for this fine service.
Sincerely yours,
Ivan Allen, J7.
M ayor
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�September 9, 1966
Mr . Claude A . P e tty
Vice President & General Manage r
Atlanta Merchandise Mart
Atlanta , Georgia
Dear Mr . Petty:
On behalf of the City of Atlanta I would like to
express grateful appreciation for your having
arranged the meeting room in which the hearings
wex-e held by Dl'. Edwin Harl'ison. He told me
0£ your genero ity, particularly of the added
assistance you ,:endered him.
We a.re most gra.teJ'ul for your cont-ribution to
the city.
Sincerely yolll!'s,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor
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ATLANTA , GEORG I A 30332
oFF 1cE o F THE PRE s 10ENT
September 8, 1966
The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr.
Mayor of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Ivan:
Thank you for your kind words in behalf of my efforts
to serve as mediator between the firemen and the City.
I
was pleased to have an opportunity to what I hoped might
repay the City in part for its many contributions to Tech,
and you for your friendship and service to the institution
and the Alumni Association.
There are no fees or expenses involved.
Mr. Claude A.
Petty , Vice President and General Manager of the Atlanta
Merchandise Mart , made arrangements for the meeting room in
which the hearing was held and provided coffee and coca colas.
He also made available guid es and extra service as sistants
in setting up a nd removing the tables and public address
systems, one o f ~hich he fur nished without cost.
The stenographer who took down and transcribed the
entire hearing was Mr . Fr ed Burrell, who did an excellent
job.
I believe that a note of thanks to Mr. Pett y and possibly
to Mr . Burrell is all that would be re quired.
One requirement as expressed in the Al dermanic Board's
resolution was that copies of my report were to be made available to the Ci ty and to the firemen.
I did not furnis h the
several hundred copies that would have been required for
complete distribution and you might perhaps consider having
it done by the Mayor's office.
My most sincere th a n ks to you for your very kind words.
Since re ly yours ,
Ed~in D. Harrison
President
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�September 9, 1966
Mr . Mack A . Moore
670 Edgewater Trail, N. W.
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mr. Mo-0re :
This will aclmowledge receipt of your letter
making s_everal suggestions regarding the
Atlanta Fire Department.
1 appt'eciate your taking the ,time to write m.e.
Sincerely yours,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
M ayor
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~e Honorable 1ayor Ivan Allen, Jro
City ofAtlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
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Sir:
an economics professor (Georgia Tech), I have a moee than cY iinterest
in the present firemen's dispute, but let me emphasize that I am writing
this as a private citizeno Thus, I hope yr ou will respect my position by
maintaining complete confidence. Also, please understand that my remarks,
while admittedly blunt at times, are offered in good faith.
J\s
I note that you have said that you would not talk to the firemen until the
court order is obeyed. While I agree completely, I think your original
mistake was in recognizing the union as the bargaining agent for wages and
hours. True, you have not granted formal recognition, as the tierm is used
in Federal laws. But you have tacitly sanctioned collective action by the
mere fact that you attempted a settlement on those issues.
the other hand, to compound your folly, 'Yi ou have refused to recognize
the firemen on ~-economic issues. There is virtually unanimous agreement
among those who have stu~ied worker attitudes that the one thing heading
their list of desires is freedom frmrn arbitrary action. And I strongly
suspect that if you had really delved into the situation, you would have
found that what the rank-and-file firemen really want is the assurance of
some voice in detennining their working conditions and other non-economic
items. (The American Bar Association, as early as 1955, went on record as
favoring the granting of such privileges to public employees.)
On
Your mock "mediation" was a farce, again reflecting a short-run7 short-sighted,
holding action. (And the consulting firm's report will not likely get to
the bottom oftt the issue, since such reports seldom study the hwnan relations
aspect.) W ou apparently did not even know the difference between mediation
and fact-finding, since you appointed a fact-finder, but called him a
mediator, yet did not allow him to mediate. If the outside neutral had
really been allowed to mediate, he very possibly could have settled the
problem amicably, and without dealing with economic is sues.
As a long-time student of the subject, I would say that our attitudes toward
labor problems have gone through three stages: First, the purely arbitrary
approach, which means fire an'Yf one who raises a protest. Second, one of
appeasement, which was reflected in the days of paternalism, which prevailed
especially from the tum of this century to the late 1930 1 s. Finally,
recognition was granted to worker groups, and it is only since then that
we have had reasonably calm industrial relations.
In my opinion, appeasement is the worst of the three, yet this was your
original approach. Now, you have taken the second worst approach
that of
arbitrariness. And I am highly afraid that discharging and replacing the
firemen, while it may close the wound innnediately, may cause a continuing
festering underneath, breaking out elsewhere in time. That is, if the City
gains the reputation of being an Iron Hand-type of employer, recruiting will
in time become difficult, especially when we vent so wild with public funds
to obtain a stadium, inter alia.
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�In addition, even in the short run, it would seem that replacing the firmmen
will be cumbersome and terribly expensive. Thus, I am wondering if the
matter might not be settled by taking a conciliatory approach (which you
have not done at any time). If the recognition of a union as the
representative OS public employees is prohibited by state law, why not
promise to support legislation accordingly (some sixteen states have
such legislation, usually pennitting municipalities to grant recognition
on noneeconomic items). Presidential .Executive Order 10988, signed by
the late President Kennedy in 1962, could sezve as a guide; it permi t s
advisory arbitration, but again, prohibits strikes; also, negotiations
over wages and other eoonomic issues is not pennitted, and virtually
all experts agree that collective bargaining over wages is simply not
compatible with public employment •.
Now in closing, let me point out that if you insist on following your
present approach, it behooves you to fire evecy salvo available; otherwise,
we may have a general strike of the type Britain, et al, is noted .
I would suggest that you inform the public of the facts of the situation.
Toward that end, I have put together SOlllll items for your perusal . Since
I am trying to get this leteer in the morning mail~ it is rather
disjointed, but you can get the content.
Again, I would much prefer a conciliator~ approach, even at this late
hour.
~erely,
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670 Edgewater Trail, N.W. (Sandy Springs)
Phone: home, 255-4172; office, 873-4211,X5543
P.S. There is no suggestion intended that you will want to contact me.
above information is only in case you might.
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�September 6, 1966
Atlanta, Ga.
Mayor Ivan Allen
c / o The Atlanta Journa.l
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Chief:
What a shock, after living six years abroad in a
Communist infested area to return and find how
little rights we as American Citizens have to
express our needs when all else has failed. Yes,
you were elected to office by the majority,
although at this time I am wondering why. When
a leader obviously cannot execute his position
in fairness and cannot be reached in any way to
listen and understand the needs of his people,
how else do you expect them to reach out , other
than the way the Atlanta Firemen re now doing?
Do you re lly feel that these men are exhibiting
the trait of bad Americans, or can you sit back
and realize that this is the only choice which you
and many so-called Atlantans have given them?
Had you rather they would use Molotov cocktails and
propergander, which the Communists have used very
succe sfully? Have you yet realized that these men
are only trying to tell the citizens of Atlanta and
the men who re supposed to fill their executive
office with fairness and represent tion for all
that their f milies need to have ad qu te income,
the same a you college boys, and
little time to
enjoy eeing their future littl eitiz ns grow?
Ir
lly teel sorry for you Mr. All n. for omewbere
along th line someone forgot tot 11 you bout
th Indi n trib • We all• or I thought we all knew,
1th t
v ry tribe ha it Indian and its Chief, but
what I think th t you have ith r torgotten or you
r choo ing to ignore, i that
good Chi f t ks
c r ot hi Indian in very way, ven to the point
that h him lf might uffer. Wh t' wrong with
you???????????
An Atl nta Indi n,
Lo Sue S nd r
/ - o r Ivan All n • City Hall • Atlant , Ga,
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Dear Mayor Allen:
The strike by members of the Atlanta Fire Department is a
regrettable and saddening act against the public interest of the citizens
of our city.
The Citiz ens and S o uthern National Bank stands behind the city
and the Fire Department at this time of trial and would like to offer
our assistance wherever it might be useful.
It has occurred to me that our C & S helicopters might provide
epw transportation fo - ¢ment of personnel or supplies in carrying
out fire protection services.
If these are needed and can be utilized
by the city and the Fire Department, they will be placed at your disposal
upon your request .
Sincerely yours ,
�PERRY
5.
BOWER
60 OSBORNE ST .• NORTH
WINNIPEG
September 13, 1966.
His Worship Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.,
Atlanta, Georgia.
Dear Mayor Allen:I have been reading with interest about the striking firemen in Atlanta.
First of all, I commend you on your firm stand.
In my
opinion, a strike, under any circumstances, is a form of
blackmail, particularly when a strike occurs in an
important service industry essential to the health and
safety of the community, when it becomes a form of social
blackmail which sooner or later, I am sure, will not be
tolerated.
In 1919, we had a "general" strike in Winnipeg at which
time did not only the Fire Department go on strike but so
also did the Police, Garbage Collectors, Bus and Streetcar
Operators, Telegraph Operators, Postal employees, Telephone Operators, and Printers.
There were other workers
in less important jobs who also went on strike which
laster for six weeks.
The business community organized what was known as a
"Committee of 1000".
Essential services were maintained
by volunteers, particularly the Fire Department which at
that time consisted largely of horse-drawn vehicles.
In
order to prevent the strikers from wearing out the
horses by false alarms, it was necessary to keep armed
guards on each fire alarm box. An emergency task force
of citizens was armed and encamped on several school
grounds under the command of experienced military people.
After several weeks, the Post Office issued an ultimatum
of return to work which was not accepted by the strikers,
and all federally employed personnel in the Post Office
were discharged and most of them were never rehired.
The strike eventually broke down for two reasons.
First ,
the strikers began to find that their own families were
unable to get food , fuel , and ice.
Secondly, soldiers
returned from overseas after the First World War began to
take the jobs that the strikers had vacated and the y were
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in no mood to be intimidated. The final straw was the
arrest of the strike leaders who were charged with
sedition and a number of them were sent to the penitentiary.
There was no serious strike in Winnipeg after that for
twenty years.
Since then, perhaps the most outstanding
strike has been that of the Typographical Union which
threatened to close down our two daily papers. This
strike occurred in the late 1940 1 s and none of the strikers
were re-employed and I don 1 t believe the newspapers missed
more than one edition.
In our neighboring province of Saskatch ~wan, the Public
Utility workers have recently gone on strike (the
electrical facilities in this case are owned by the Province).
The government of the Province has recently
enacted legislation which compels the strikers to go back
to work at a smaller increase in pay than had been
suggested by the Province across the bargaining table.
At the moment, we are waiting to see whether the strikers
will defy the legislation.
If they do, I have no doubt
that the governme nt, which fortunately is in a strong
position in the House , will take extremely firm steps to
deal with them.
I commend you on your stand.
Yours sincerely,
P SB / f me
�STATEMENT BY CHIEF C. H. HILDEBRAND
ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT
Friday, September 16, 1966
For Release 11 :00 A. M.
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The City of Atlanta has in operation this morning 25 fully
manned Fire Stations.
· The t9tal personnel in the department has now risen to
357 -- 313 of these employees performing actual firefighting
duties.
Sixty-seven new recruits have b ee n assigned to stations
for in-service training and duty under the l ead ership of
experienced Firemen and Fire Officers.
We are able to maintain an on-duty shift strength average
of 175 firefighting personnel because of extended work hours
of those Firemen who have remained on the job .
Our attempts to recruit new men to rebuild the F ire
..
Department have been extremely successful.
Since 'Labor
Day the City Personnel Departme nt has examined 327 applicants.
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140 of these have passed the written examination and are being
processed for in-service training and firefighting duties immediately.
The Personnel Department is making plans to conduct a
recruiting campaign throughout the Southeast and through the
employment of new personnel and the extended work hours of
our experienced personnel, we should be able to place the
re..~ o ..--ci.. lo le... .
remaining unmanned stations in operation within a :f€'f)" she-Pt
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period of time.
The Personnel Office at 260 C entral Avenue, S. W. is
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remaining open until 7:30 p. m. Monday through Friday and
until noon on Saturdays to receive and process firefighters
applications.

_I am reques tin g a ll the citizens of Atlanta to practice good
fire prevention measures in their home s, businesses, churches
and schools.
A check-off list is b eing rele as e d to the news media
for self-inspection of your premises which, if conscientiously
adhered to, can prevent fires and preserve property.
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TO ALL ATLANTA CITIZENS
The Fire Department of Atlanta - your Fire Department - is making every
effort to aive the citizens of Atlanta the best fire protection possible, but
we do need-your help.
The prevention of fires i,1hile always important is particularly important
during this period while new personnel are being trained.
What can you do to help?
You can do many things.
FIRES ARE NOT ACCIDENTS
You can cause or prevent fires!
Use the check lists below and good old A111erican common sense
and you may save· your JOB--PROPERTY--OR EVEN YOUR LIFE----YOUR HOhE
Is all rubbish cleaned out of basements, closets, attic, garage, and
yard?
Are there any unsafe electrical extension or appliance cords?
Are your fuses the right size?
Is your heating and cooking equipment safe?
Is gasoline for power mower safely stored?
YOUR BUSil~ESS
Is smoking adequately controlled?
Is wiring and electrical equipment safe?
Is trash and refuse removed daily to a safe place?
Has your heatinq system been checked uy a qualified
that it is safe?
Is guard , caretaker or watchman properly instructed
Is cooking equipment including hoods and ducts kept
Is packing material safely kept?
Are lift trucks refueled only in safe locations?
Is the yard and premises kept free of leaves, scrap
Are paints , flammable liquids and oily rags handled
person to see
and service adequate?
clean?
lumber and debris?
and stored safely?
YOUR CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS
Are your schools adequately protected against unauthorized entry?
Is the heating equipment checked annually by a qualifi ed firm or employee?
Is the el ectrical wirinq safe?
Is rubbish collected and disposed of in a safe manner so as to not endanger
the occupants or structure?
If cooking equipment is provided, is your hood, duct , and stove cleaned
frequently?
EVt.RYBQl)Y
P.any fires start shortl y after you leave your home or close your business.
Does someone check for hazards every day at closing time or just
before leaving your home?
Is your wiring safe and are defective extension cords replaced?
Do you make it a practice to not allow unauthorized burning of refuse?
Is trespass guarded against?
Is all fire protection equipment in working order?
Are you careful with smoking and matches?
HEVER, NEVER s:·:oKE IN BED
�STATEMENT BY CHIEF C. H. HILDEBRAND
ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT
Friday, September 16, 1966
For Release 11:00 A. M.
1,
The City of Atlanta has m operation this morning 25 fully
manned Fire Stations.
The t\1tal personnel in the department has now risen to
357 -- 313 of these employees performing actual firefighting
duties.
Sixty-seven new recruits have been assigned to stations
for in-service training and duty under the leadership of
experienced Firemen and Fire Officers.
We are able to maintain an on-duty shift strength average
of 175 firefighting personnel because of extended work hours
of those Firemen who have remained on the job.
Our attempts to recruit new men to rebuild the Fire
.
Department have been extremely successful.
Since Labor
Day the City Personnel Department has examined 327 applicants .
�Page Two
140 of these have passed the written examination and are being
processed for in-service training and firefighting duties immediately.
The Personnel Department is making plans to conduct a
recruiting campaign thro.u ghout the Southeast and through the
employment of new personnel and the extended work hours of
our experienced personnel, we should be able to place the
r- e,Q.'5l)Nl,.»' E:.,
remaining unmanned stations in operation within a ve:ry she-rt
period of time . .
The Personnel Offi ce at 260 C entral Avenue, S. W. is
remaining open until 7:30 p. m. Monday through Friday and
until noon on Saturdays to receive and process firefighters
applications.
I am reques ting all the citizens of Atlanta to practice good
fire prevention measures in their homes, businesses, churches
and schools.
A check-off list i s b e ing releas e d to the news media
f or self-ins p ection of your premises which, if conscientiously
adhe red to, can prevent fir es and pre s erve property.
�TO ALL ATLAlJTA CITIZENS
The Fire Department of Atlanta - your Fire Department - is making every
effort to aive the citizens of Atlanta the best fire protection possible , but
we do need-your help,
The prevention of fires while always important i~ particularly important
during this period while new personnel are being trained.
l-Jhat can you do to help?
You can do many things.
FIRES ARE NOT ACCIDENTS
You can cause or prevent fires!
Ose the check lists be l m·1 and good old Arneri can common sense
and you may save -your JOB--PROPERTY--OR EVEN YOUR LIFE----YOUR HOhE
Is all rubbish cleaned out of basements, closets, attic, garage ? and
yard?
Are there any unsafe electrical extension or appliance cords?
Are your fuses the right size?
Is your heating and cooking equipment safe?
Is gasoline for power mower safely stored?
YOUR BUSil~ESS
Is smoking adequately controlled?
Is wiring and electrical equipment safe?
Is trash and refuse removed daily to a safe place?
Has your heating system been checked ~Ya qualified
that it is safe?
Is guard , caretaker or watchman properly instructed
Is cooking equipment including hoods and ducts kept
Is packing material safely kept?
Are lift trucks refueled only in safe locations?
Is the yard and premises kept free of leaves, scrap
Are paints, flammable liquids and oily rags handled
person to see
and service adequate?
clean?
lumber and debris?
and stored safely?
YOUR CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS
Are your schools adequately protected against unauthori zed entry?
Is the heating equipment checked annually by a qualifi ed firm or emp loyee?
Is the el ectrical wiring safe?
Is rubbish collected and disposed of in a saf e manner so as to not endanger
the occupants or st ructure?
If cooking equipment is provided, is your hood , duct , and st ov e cleaned
f requ ently?
EVERYBOUY
,,any fires st art sh or tly after you leave you r home or cl ose your business.
Does someone check fo r hazards every day at closing time or just
before l eaving you r home?
Is your wiring safe and are defective extension cords replaced?
Do you make it a practice t o not allow unauthorized burning of refuse?
Is trespass guarded agai nst?
Is all fire protection equipment in working order?
Are you careful with smoking and matches?
l~EVER, l~EVER S:'OKE IN BED
�September 15, 1966
Mrs . Christine D. Hogam
Secretary to Plant Manager
Fisher Body Division
General Motors Corporation
Atlanta, Georgi a
Dear M rs . Hogan :
May I reply to your letter tn order that you may be
confronted with the facts concerning our firemen .
The firemen to which you refer walked off their jobs and
left the city totally unprotected. In doing so, they violated
their oath of office and gawe up their right of city employment.
The Courts ordered them to return but they refused to
abide by the court order. I am sure you understand what
this means .
The city is providing for each of these men who were n-ot
under probation to appear before the Board of Firemasters
and state their individual cases for re-employment.
I am sure you wanted to know the facts in the case, and these
ar the facts.
Sincerely,
Ivan Allen, Jr.
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Effective today, those listed eelow are relieved of special duties with
the Fire Department and are assigned as shown:
UNIFORM DIVISION
Morning Watch
G. B. Donald
B~ L. Calhoun
E. c. Lee
J. P.Smith
w. T',Partin
C.R. Davis
J . T • Thwaites
E . B . Lyle
R . F . Guy
G. L. McGraw
c . E. T h r a sher
T. S. Duffe y
TR l , FFIC DIVISI ON
Evening Watch
G. K . Tyler
D o L , S-~e lte n p ohI
D~ K . Fet ty
L , R. M ohn
D , W. MiUer
..~.-R .· J ames
w·, F • Daile y
A , B, Chambers
I. H, Beav ers
D E T E CTIVE DIVISION
G, P~ Hicks
c. E, Ferg u son
R •· H, Sumpter
W, H. Byrd
A. D, Laughlin
G, F • Mc Manus
E v e_:1in~ Watch
H. E • McGehee
H. H. B oone
F.D. Echols
V.S,Graham
J. M. Cha ndler
L. V, Oxford
C, B . B lore
H. M, Wri ght
T~ M, King
C , o . .l, nderson
G, J, Kr ecko
Vr.. H , Sh eppard
R , T • V{i[[iams
J . c. F o s t e r
R. B . B a rfield
R . E, 1'1 very
J , N, .i-\ n d ers on
G. E. Ha1nmons
c. B, Woo s t er
J . w. D ohe r t y
c . R. Vf a lt on
B . R. Sandlin
R. E . M cEireat h
W, H. Everett
N. !'. ,Davis
B. F. Peppers
L, D. Howard
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Those listed below are detailed to the Fire Department to be assigned
by Chie f c. H. Hildebrand and Sgt. M, E, Moon:
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September 15, 1966
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Edi tor
The Atlanta Journa l
Atla nta, Georgia
Dear Sir:
It's doubtful t hat you'll pri ~t t his letter
s ince you're obviously backing t he City po litica l
machine , but you should know t hat the general p ublic
has nothing but comt empt for the so- ca lle d loya l
firemen.
Loyal to wh om? Certainly not the citizens of
Atlanta. They know the l argest ob jection of the
st riki ng f iremen i s t he lowering of qua li f ica tions
t he city ha s been insisting upon - even to the extent
t ha t men l abele d as cowardl y and unfit by t he t ra ining
s chool have been put to work !
All of thi s, of cou rse,
brought on by t he low salarie s and long hours being
una ttract ive to t he qua lity of men needed .
I n rea lity - the striking men are t he men really
loya l to the people - t hey are willing to put everything t hey have , as i ndividuals , i n jeopardy, i n order
t o keep Atl 8 nt a ' s Fire Department on t he profess ional ,
level a city of thi s caliber should have .
These so-ca lle1 lo ya l firemen are simply afraid
of figh ting for what they know is ri ght - fear of
losing a paychec k - or an opportun ity f or a promoti on and in some cases , hoping to get an unearned posit ion
by default. In ot her words , t he weak members sta yed on
the job - refusing to even back up the men fighting for
them ~ I hope there are no fires i nvol ving lives beca use
the se men won 't take a risk.
Five-hundred fifty men are by far the majority.
They couldn't be all wrong !
I wonder how Mayor Allen can face t he citizens
knowing he could have averted this situat i on by simply
letting a Judge decide t he~ssue . His pride has Atlanta
in a dange rous and serious situa tion.
Sincerely,
�August 2.3, 1966
MEMORANDUM
H onorable Wm. T. Knight, Chairman, Board of Firemasters
TO:
Honorable Milton Farris, Chairman, Finance Committee
General Ca:rl T . Suthe.rland, PersQnnel Director
Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
FROM:
Gentlemen:
Attached is a copy of Dr. Harrison's report on the firemen's
hearings and a copy of my statement regarding same.
As you will nQte in the second paragraph of my statement, I am
requesting John D ougherty to make hitnself available to your committee
to interpret this r .e port.
I will appreciate your meeting as sQon as pos ible.
ely yours,
Jr.
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CC: Chief C. H. Hildebrand, Jr~
Mr. John Doii.ghe1'ty
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FIREMEN 'S STRIKE
ON BEHALF OF THE CITY GOVERNMEMT I WANT TO EXPRESS
GRATEFUL APPRECIATION TO DR. EDWIN HARR I SON FOR HAVING
ACCEPTED A DIFFI CULT TASK.
HE HAS PERFORMED A MAJOR
CONTRIB UTION TO THE WELFARE OF THE CITY.
HE HAS AGAIN
EXEMPLIFIED HIS INTELLIGENT LEADERSH IP AND DEPTH OF
UNDERSTANDING BY MAKING SOUN D AND REASONABLE
RECOMMENDATI ONS THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CiTY OF
ATLANTA WI LL STRIVE VIGOROUSLY TO IMPLEfvl ENT AND CARR Y
OUT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
I AM INSTRUCT ING THE ASSOCIATE CITY ATTORNEY JOHN
DOUGHER TY, WHO REPRESENTED THE CITY GOVERNMENT BEFORE
DR . HARR I SON, TO FORWARD COP I ES OF TH IS REPORT TO MEMBERS
OF THE BOARD OF FIREMASTERS, THE PERSONNEL BOARD AND THE
FI NAN CE COMMITTEE, AND ·ALSO TO MAKE HIMSELF AVAILABLE
TO THESE COMM ITTEES TO INTERPRET THE REPORT.
THESE
COMMITTEES AR E MOST DIRECTLY CONCERNED WITH THE PROPOSALS
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�I MASK NG THESE THREE CON\M~TT S TO CONS DER THESE
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RECON1MENDATION S IMMEDIATELY t- ND THEN TO MEET SERARATELY
A D JOI TLY IN ORDER TO .DEFi 'ETHE CITY'S POSITIO' IN THIS
MAITTR.
THE BOARD OF ALDERtv1EN HAVE.J.\LREADY INDICATED BY
RESOLUTION THAT THEY WILL GIVE FIRST C01JS DERATION IN
NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A 56 HOUR WORK
WEEK FOR ATLANTA FIREMEN.
AT THE PRESENT TIME WE ARE
COMPLETING AND SHOULD HAVE READY WITHIN THE NEXT SIX
WEEKS, AN OVERALL EVALUATION OF SALARY SCHEDULES FOR ALL
CITY Efv1PLOYES, INCLUDING FIREMEN. THE IMPLEMENATION OF
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THE 56 HOUR WORK \liJEEK WILL IN NO WAY DECREASE THE CITY'S
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RESPONSIBILITY TO CONSIDER INCREASES IN FIRMEN'S SALARIES
IN KEEP ING WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS _IN THE FORTHCOMING
REPORT.
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�IN O~ DER TO DISPLAY EVEPY I IDICA- ION OF GOO D FAI TH
ON THE PART OF THE CITY IN IMPLEMEN
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REPORT, I Afvt ECOMM :-ND i G I Mfv1ED ATELY TO THE THREE
COMM ITTEES MENTIONED ABOVE THAT THE CITV ATTEMPT TO
OBTAIN THE NECESSAR Y EMERGENCY FUNDS TO COMMENCE HIRING
A IDTRAINING ADDI TIONAL PER SONNEL BY OCTOBER l , 1966,
SO AS TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THE 56 HOUR WOR K WEEK AS OF
JANUARY 1, 1967.
I AM OF THE OPINION THIS C/1.N BE DONE WITH FUNDS
NOV' AVAILABLE AND AT A REASOfJABLE EXPENSE.
IF THE FACTS IN THE NV~ TIER SUSTAIN THIS OPINION, .
I WILL PRESS THE RECOMMENDATION VIGOROUSLY.
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Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Telephone 875-2666
September 9, 1966
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Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
City Hall
68 Mitchell st., s. W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear
M3.yor Allen:
I wouJd like to express my appreciation for the vital role you played
in reconciling the group involved in the Capitol Avenue - Ormorrl Street
incident. You demonstrated to our city your willingness to peacefully resolve conflicts . I admire your courage and personal involvement to make
the appeal you did. Through such positive leadership Atlanta will be able
to successfully resolve her racial tensions.
I would appreciate you giving the same kini of leadership in resolving
the tensions associated with the Firemen arrl the city. You can be a reconciling force here and provide t he positive leadership that is needed.
Has the door of reconciliation been closed too hastily? Was too drastic
· action taken t oo soon? Were all avenues of reconciliation exhausted before
the doors were slammed shut7
Should recruitment of new firemen be as successful as anticipated, our
city will ' still depend on a group of untrained men for fire protecti on.
Many men who have courageously protected life arrl property of our city
haven't been heard in their grievances. Your position is not an easy one.
The citizens of Atlanta recognize that it takes a bigger man to admit a
mistake, assume a role of reconciliation, and serve the best interests of
everyone involved than to take a dogma.tic position and jeopardize life and
property of everyone.
I pray for divine leadership for you and all those charged with responsibility of leadership in our city. "God was in Christ reconciling the
world to Hiroself. 11 We have the high privilege of emulating this noblest
quality of our Lord in involving ourselves in positions of reconciliation.
May our Heavenly Father provide you leadership and power to serve our city.
CRY yourdLJ1ucr11
RyanCwright, Pastor
Tenth Street ~thodist Church
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Atlanta, Ga.
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Mayor Ivan Allen
c/o The Atlanta Journal
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Chief:
What a shock, after living six years abroad in a
Communist infested area to return and find how
little rights we as American Citizens have to
express our needs when all else has failedo Yes,
you were e l ected to o ff ice by the majority,
although at this time I am wondering whyo Whe n
a leader obviously cannot execute his position
in fairness and cannot be reached in any way to
listen and understand the needs of his people ,
how else do you expect them to reach out, other
than the way the Atlanta Firemen a re now doing?
Do you r eally feel tha t the s e men a re e x h i biti ng
the traits of bad Americans, or can you sit back
a nd realiz e that this is the only choice which you
a n d many so-called Atlanta ns have given them?
Ha d you r a ther the y would u se Molotov cocktail s and
proper g a n der , which the Communi st s h a v e u sed very
s u c c essf u l ly? Hav e y o u y et realize d that t h ese men
are o nly t r y i ng t o t ell the citizens o f Atlanta a n d
the men who are supposed to f ill the ir e x ecuti ve
off ices with f a i r ne s s and representation f or all
t h a t their famili e s n e ed to have a de qua te i n come,
t he same as y ou c o l l e ge boys, and a l i tt le t i me to
enjoy seein g t heir f u t u re littl e ci t izens grow ?
I real l y feel s o rry for you Mr. Allen, for somewhere
along t he l ine someone forg ot to tel l y ou abou t
the Ind ian t ribe s. We a ll , o r I t hought we a l l knew,
1that e v ery tribe has its Indians and its Chief, b ut
what I think t hat you have either forgotten or you
are choosing to ignore, is that a good Chief takes
care of hi s Indians in every wa y, even to the point
that he himself might suffero What's wrong with
you???????????




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cc: Mayor Ivan Allen - Ci ty Hall - Atlanta, Ga4
�1607 Orlando St., SW
Atlanta, Georgia
September 8 , 1966
Mayor Ivan Allen
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia
Dear Mayor Allen:
WhilE the Atlanta Journal raves on about the courage of our Mayor in a time
of stress, while this newspaper media continues to condemn the city firemen
for their stand, taken after many, m~ny years of hardships brought about by
low s alaries and poor working conditions - while the propaganda continues to
fly a bout how the cit i zens of Atlanta are appalled and disgu s ted wi t h the
strikin g f i r emen, I think i t be hooves you, The At l a nta Journa l, C i e f C.H.
Hildebrand, Chief Jenkins au your Aldermanic Board to really get out and take
stock of how the general public feels, and then face up to the fact that you
are not as popular as you might have been - none of you. When you speak of
peopl e losing re s pect, you might start with t he Mayor a n d go on down the
li st of p e ople above mentioned - many of whom I have h ad the utmos t re s pect
fo r in p ast times .
sure, I come from a Fire Department family. Since I was two years old we
have had from one to six members of our family on the Department. Today I
c a n walk in Greenwood Ce metery and s ee a fireman's grave - a fire man who wa s
my hus ba nd - a fi reman who HAD t o wor k t wo jobs to make a livin g for his
fami l y - not affor d luxur i es mind you, but jus t make e n ds mee t. Many people
ask ed why h e s t ayed on t hi s j ob wi t h s uch a l ow salary a nd lon g hou rs ~ ~ , .an d
t h ere i s b ut one a n s wer - h e wa s LOYAL AND DEDICATED, the t h i n g s h is f r i end s
are accused of not being now - these friends who have been LOYAL AND DEDICATED
to the cause of fire f ighting for a s many as thirty years. I believe as
h on e stly a s I know I a m wr itin g thi s letter t h a t the s hor t life he li ved can
b e con tr ibu ted in part t o the l on g hours h e work ed a nd the pressure of h a ving
t o work t wo job s . I f he were her e t od a y , I am s u r e h e would join his fri e nds
a n d f e llow f ireme n i n t h eir eff ort t o better a conditi on that s hould h a ve
been c orrected ma ny y ears a go . I h a ve l i ved t o see me n tha t h e respected
a nd admi r e se l l these f ire men down the river , a nd thi s wou l d h a v e b ee n h eart b reakin g to him, f or h e be l ie v e d in brotherhood, a nd c ertainly h e wou l d h a v e
wa nted a Ch i ef tha t wo u ld ha ve s uppor t ed his me n, rat her tha n turn fr om the m.
How does the unbiased ge n e r a l public fee l?
Li sten to t he ba nk t eller t h a t open ly b r ou ght t h is s u bjct up yesterday , wi thout
me a pp roaching i t in any way: " I am s o disgu sted wit h the gr eat Ivan Allen
a n d hi s supe rior a t titud e . Th e policemen of t hi s city s hould fi rs t h a ve
wa lke d off t h e i r jobs when the Ha nk Aaron c ase was at i ssue, a nd now they are
being made, i n this s uppo sedly land of t h e free - to work fireme n' s jobs while
they are ' fired ' Th ey need t o come ou t in s uppo rt of these firemen, instead
of working their job s at t h e direction of Chief Jenkin s . I hear £hat they a re
being p a i d ext ra to wo r k and the police that a re takin g c are of regular
polic e du ties ha v e a n ext ra load on t h e m at no ext r a p ay. If there's money to
pa y these police extra, why i s n't t h ere more £or t he firemen. Our _trou ble
here in Atlanta is that ou r Mayor was b orn with a silver spoon in his mouth
and it's notRmecessary for him to be interested in the little man. Then Chief
�2.
Jenkins has gotten rich since he became Chief of Police and he's more crooked
than the crooks his men catch."
And the florist just today "I'll be so glad when things get back to normal in Atlanta if they ever do.
Maybe i£ Allen had gotten his headbusted the other night, everybody would have
been better 0££. He sure did boast about running this city and it is
apparent that he does and not to the best inteEmst 0£ the people. The firemen
ought to walk 0££ and the police should have walked 0££ when this nasty
Aaron situation developed. That's repulsive to every citizen in th::is town."
Now, can you say that ALL public sentiment is against these firemen?
You and Chief Hildebrand insult the ·intelligence 0£ Atlanta citizens when
you say we have adequate £ire protection. Why have we needed all these
£ire stations and men all these years - why haven't we just gone along with
the some 200 now working and paid them 9009, decent salaries. Evidently we
thought we needed the other men and other stations. And we question the
calibre 0£ men you are now hiring £or £ire£ighting jobs when in just recent
days you have not even been able to £ill vacancies - nobody wanted to be
firemen.
The stations are being manned by Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Pire Prevention
Bureau personnel and some £ew good, real firefighters, but i£ you would be
honest, and Chief Hildebrand would be honest, and we wQnt -t:g. get into name
calling, many 0£ these many now working are men who have not been responsible,
capable £ire£ighters £or many years and have been carried so to speak by
these ~firemen they have now betrayed. Remember , I said some of them still
workl~a\ e GCX)D, CAPABLE MEN - but what about the one who was on suspension
and was called back to work - what about another who has had all kinds of
o££enses against him and has been hanging by a thread and the others that
are physically sick .... don't sell your Atlanta Public short , Mr. Mayor. We're
not as stupid as you think and much 0£ our knowledge comes £rom personal
e x perience and personal knowledge - not from heresay, nor £rem propaganda.
I'm on the Firemen's side, Mr. Mayor. I have yet to £ind many people who are
not - e x cept those in our city government who choose to make a big deal over
a new stadium rather than see that their employees are paid decent wages.
You've never known what it was to not have enough to eat and not be able to
take care 0£ your family, but believe me, there's many "fired" f iremen who
have been in that position, although I £eel that some who have taken a
stand against their brother fireman have forgotten this .
I 'm sure you have received many such letters and they do not bother y o u, as
long as you a r e carrying your point, but I could not live with myself i f I
didn't say to you that when you , and the others in a u thority , lie d own at
n i ght , I hope y ou are able to s leep well with you r conscience a nd that y ou
c a n cont i nue to l ive wi t h the injustice you a r e doing t hese good me n .
Tod a y we dete rmined in our off ices to not buy office s upplies in t he f uture
fr om your c ompan y, not t hat it would a ff e c t your p r ofi t t o ~ny gr e at exte nt,
but b ecause t h e n ame on va r ious things he r e i s r e p u lsive t o us in v iew o f
the position you h a ve t a ken a gainst our f i r eme n.
t1, An
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Since rely,
CC: Chief Hildebrand, Ch i e f J e nkin s , The Atlanta Jourmal
�CITY OF ATLANTA
D E PAR TMENT of F IRE
46 COURTL.AND ST., S. E.
Atlanta, G e orgia
September 12, 1966
C . H . HIL DEBR A ND, .J R .
Chi e f
Hon. Ivan Allen, Mayor
city of Atlanta
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Dear Mayor Allen :
The Chairman of the Board of Fire Masters has
sch eduled a c a lled meeting of the Boar d for 10 A. M.,
Mon d a y, September 19, 196 6, a t F ire Department Headq u arters , t o begin h earings against f i remen who hav e
been suspended as a result o f the rec ent strike. These
hearings will continue on a daily basis until all ·
charges hav e b e en heard .
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These meetings will be of the utmost impor tanc e
and a ll members are urged to be present.
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Your s t r uly,
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JJ(,
C.H. HILDEBRAND,
Chief
At l a n ta Fire Depart ment
"HELP SA VE LIFE AND PROPERTY BY PREVEN T/NG FIRES"

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