Box 14, Folder 12, Document 36

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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 Fighters,
Local No. 134, and referred by the Board of Aldermen on February 7, 1966 to
the Finance Committee;

(A) A resolution requesting 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,

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 Fighters.

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 found or an existing source of
revenue is increased,

The Committee also reviewed a report prepared by the City Comptroller regard-

ing the cost of implementing a 56-hour work week, using the three-platoon

system, for the firemen and the cost of payinp time and one half as overtime

for 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 careful consideration, 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 Firchters.

Therefore, it is with regret that the Committee is forced to file an adverse
report with your Honorable Body pertaining to these requests; however, the
Committee%pledges that it will give first preference to reducing the work
we├ęk of firemen in formulating the 1967 Budget before any over-all salary
increase is considered 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 overtime pay at the 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,

Respectfully submitted,

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