Box 1, Folder 15, Document 23
STATEMENT BY MAYOR IVAN ALLEN; ALDERMAN WILLIAM T. KNIGHT, CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF FIREMASTERS; AND CHIEF C. H. HILDEBRAND, ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT -- THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1966, ll:00 A. M.
More than 500 Atlanta firemen continue to refuse/J to report for duty orda-t' 01 -~ f:::v/}&,...J -5uf2--r1ov le-o ff ~rv~ b1~ u'f-1--o 1 1 tt?' s of as directed by &e-- ·Htta:TG~
'l.he City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Fire
Department ,~ ~ ~~
The City Attorney's
the Court this morning to cite the Atlanta Firefighters Union,
Indpendent, and its principal officers, J. I. Martin and Leonard Styron, for civil contempt and failure to return to duty as ordered. The City of Atlanta has made every attempt to resolve the present dilemma with the members of the Fire Department through these men who are the representatives of the striking firemen.
We have done as much as
is possible under the laws governing the City of Atlanta. The Union leaders and striking firemen have shown an utter contempt for the laws of the State of Georgia and the authority of the City of Atlanta. They have also shown a reckless disregard for the property and lives of the citizens of this city. We can no longer tolerate action which places in jeopardy the thousands of lives and millions of dollars of property which these men are under sworn oath to protect.
Therefore, we are directing all employees
of the Atlanta Fire Department who wish to remain as employees of the City to report to duty on their normal shifts at 8:00 a. m. Friday and 6:00 p . m. Friday.
Anyone failing to report will be considered in violation of the City's
Civ il S e rvice Law and will b e discharged for inattention to or dereliction of duty.
The se jobs w ill the n b e d e clared o pen and applications will b e
�taken to fill those positions which remain vacant.
We urge these employees
to consider their responsibilities to the people of Atlanta and to their own families.
Loss of income and loss of many years of retirement rights and
other accumulated benefits is a serious and foolish gamble they are taking by refusing to return to their posts. The City officials have met with the leaders of the Union in good faith.
These leaders have stated that they have asked the firemen to obey
the legal authority of the Court and return to their stations but there
has been no response to this request' fr~m the Union leadership. (} P~g,,e,,d u, a rt ~l> J/~ve 5 of Cto m m v/J1 c..«-fr .,~f µow ope~ w 1'?r- . (fl-~:j_,,/ ~ __s; Al':~5""'!~~=;t;.,... n <:,.., ' ' " ' u ..,,of" Q v, r<.IT•,?.,.. ae <'.12 Capt. Martin and Capt. Styron apparently have no ·control· over the , 61
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striking members because their request has been ignored.
These two men
also have failed to comply with their own request and have not reported to their duty stations. We trust that the members of the Fire Department, many of whom have worked long years of dedicated services, will consider their responsibilities and obligations to the City, the laws of our State , and to their families and return to work as directed.