Box 14, Folder 12, Document 15

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FOR:
FROM:
Inter::i at :Lonal Associ2.tion of Fire Fighters, AVi.., -8:I: C
905 Si~t0enth Street, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20036
FE 7-8070
·Maurer, Fleisher, Zen & Associates, Inc.
1120 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Wash ington, D. C. 20036
FE 7-°8070
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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'I y:ould urge you and Atlanta Labor Council
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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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