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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 5

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  • Text: SS TT September 26, 1966 Mr. Robert S. Morley 4520 Santa Fe Trail, S. W. Atlanta, Georgia 30331 Dear Mr. Morley: I appreciate your letter of September 23rd and the copy of your letter to the Atlanta Fire Fighters Union Independent refuting their many erroneous statements. I am most grateful for your support of the city's actions in this matter. Sincerely yours, Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor 1Adr/br
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 21

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  • Text: BEGINNING AND MAXIMUM MONTHLY SALARIES AND WORKWEEK OF FIREFIGHTERS U. S. CITIES oe Source: Survey by City of Atlanta Comptroller's Office, June, 1966 Population Class Beginning Salary Maximum Salary Workweek City (See Note) Monthly Rank Monthly Rank (Hours) Oakland, California Cc 686 1 731 1 56 Berkeley, California D 644 2 710 2 56 Detroit, Michigan A 619 3 695 4 56 Fresno, California D 592 4 693 5 56 Anaheim, California D 584 5 710 3 63 Minneapolis, Minnesota C 564 6 627 10 60 Gary, Indiana D 555 7 555 24 56 Jersey City, New Jersey Cc 551 8 584 16 42 Chicago, Illinois A 523 9 629 9 56 Portland, Oregon Cc 520 10 641 8 56 St. Paul, Minnesota Cc SiS 11 615 12 60 . Milwaukee, Wisconsin B 509 12 602 13 56 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania A 508 13 549 25 48 — Cleveland, Ohio B 507 14 624 11 56 New Haven, Connecticut D 500 15 533 36 56 Newark, New Jersey c 496 16 584 17 42 Rochester, New York Cc 489 17 586 15 48 Columbus, Ohio c 485 18 683 7 56 Toledo, Ohio Cc 482 19 564 18 54 Akron, Ohio Cc 477 20 544 28 63 Denver, Colorado Cc 475 21 688 6 67.6 Rockford, Illinois D 473 22 536 33 56 Phoenix, Arizona c 472 23 588 14 56 Dayton, Ohio Cc 471 24 562 22 56 Grand Rapids, Michigan D 470 25 541 30 56 Houston, Texas B 467 26 514 37 56 Dallas, Texas B 464 27 564 19 56 St. Louis, Missouri B 464 28 564 20 60 Kansas City, Missouri C 460 29 559 23 56 Tucson, Arizona D 460 30 550 25 61.7 Wichita, Kansas Cc 450 31 545 27 66 BEGINNING AND MAXIMUM MONTHLY SALARIES AND WORKWEEK OF FIREFIGHTERS U.S, CITIES (Continued) Population Class Beginning Salary Maximum Salary Workweek City (See Note) Monthly Rank Monthly Rank (Hours) Memphis, Tennessee Cc 450 32 535 34 72 Jacksonville, Florida D 450 33 450 53 56 Hartford, Connecticut D 448 34 538 32 56 Baltimore, Maryland B 445 35 539 31 56.5 Spokane, Washington D 443 36 510 38 56 Indianapolis, Indiana Cc 438 37 563 21 56 Buffalo, New York B 433 38 542 29 50 Norfolk, Virginia c 422 39 535 35 72 Ft. Worth, Texas Cc 422 40 480 47 58 Des Moines, Iowa D 418 41 506 40 56 Birmingham, Alabama c 413 42 501 42 56 Miami, Florida Cc 409 43 497 44 56 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ss Goi ne an 405. lt 44, _._ S50 ee PE cm = ie corn 66 Atlanta, Georgia 9 = RE. 403_ 73%. 45 WOT Gate 60 Worchester, Massachusetts D 402 46 510 39 48 Omaha, Nebraska c 400 47 500 43 60 Nashville, Tennessee Cc 400 48 486 46 60 Topeka, Kansas D 395 49 59.4 Louisville, Kentucky Cc 391 50 456 Si: 56 Fall River, Massachusetts E 390 SL 478 48 48 Columbus, Georgia D 368 52 453 a2 72 Tampa, Florida Cc 365 53 422 59 56 St. Petersburg, Florida D 364 54 472 49 56 Greensboro, North Carolina D 362 55 464 50 72 San Antonio, Texas B 360 56 502 41 56 Savannah, Georgia D 348 57 444 55 72 New Orleans, Louisiana B 345 58 405 60 52 Mobile, Alabama D 343 59 427 57 56 Montgomery, Alabama D 330 60 440 56 56 Little Rock, Arkansas D 325 61 425 58 72 Average - All cities above 456.08 543,28 57.56 Note: Population classes, based on the 1960 Population are as follows: A - Over 1,000,000; B - 500,000 to 1,000,000; CG - 250,000 to 500,000: D - 100,000 to 250,000; E ~ 50,000 to 100,000
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 70

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  • Text: MEETS Gidea cise Eacehivon oe LABoR- ATLANTA GEO RGIA SECOND AND FOURTH WEDNESDAYS LABOR TEMPLE SM GRenMTeATION® LABOR COUNCIL AFL-CIO 250 Tenth STREET. N. E AND GEORGIA STATE AFL-CIO J. ©. (JIM) MOORE, PRESIDENT R. J. BUTLER, SECRETARY E18 FINANCIAL SECRETARY-TREASURER MARTHA TRUE VICE-PRESIDENTS HARRY BEXLEY w. W. HALEY JOHN B. NIX G. B. CAUDELLE w. W. HUDSON ROY NORTON SERGEANT-AT-ARMS MELVIN GRANTHAM F. H. KING R. B. RANDALL HERB GREEN FRANK LESLEY c. L. SNEED FRANK C. GULLATTE LUCILLE GUTHAS STEVE C. MCGARITY J. C. WHITLEY eeuteaie. TEES w. E. BUCKNER ee HARRY BEXLEY J. A. BROOKS J. L. COOPER CHAIRMAN RUBY JOHNSON FINANCE COMMITTEE 250 TENTH STREET, N. E. GRACE ane OMA BAR ATLANTA, GA. 30309 BEATRICE HENDERSON June 9, 1966 Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor City of Atlanta City Hall Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Dear Mayor Allen: The Atlanta Georgia Labor Council, AFL-CIO, at regular meeting on June 8, 1966, went on record to reaffirm our position in support of the International Associa- tion of Fire Fighters Local No. 134, and as a voice of Organized Labor in greater Atlanta, to make our position clear. The Fire Fighters Local No. 134, is the only organization recognized by the Atlanta Labor Council, AFL- CIO, representing Firemen in the City of Atlanta. The so- called independent union has no affiliation with the Atlanta Labor Council, AFL-CIO or any other segment of the AFL-CIO. We are in complete sympathy, and support the resolutions submitted by the International Fire Fighters Local Union No. 134, to the City of Atlanta Aldermanic Board, re- questing better working conditions and more pay for the Atlanta Firemen, however, we wish to make clear that we will not condone this rash, irresponsible 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 interest- ed 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'll give it due consideration", June 9, 1966 The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. We are a loss to understand why you have not seen fit to recognize, through the news media, the fact that the International Association of Fire Fighters Local No. 134, has been representing the Firemen of the City of Atlanta for about forty years and during this period of emergency, the faithful members of Local No. 134 are working around the clock to man the fire stations in our city, with the prime consideration being the protection of the property of the citizens of Atlanta. The Atlanta Georgia 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 personal regards, I am er, Secretary anta Georgia Labor Council, AFL-CIO RJB/fw opeiu 21 afl cio
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 51

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  • Text: (2) ‘ant The firemen came before a meeting of the Fire Committee under the chairmanship of Alderman Milton Farris. The Committee agreed to more than was recommended by the arbitrator. They agreed to grant a 2=
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 10

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  • Text: WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR TOWN Facts 1. The City of atlanta 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. CONTACT YOUR AGENT IMMEDIATELY FOR VERIFICATION. 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 re- assurance 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, are a victim of circumstances due to the hasty replace- ment of discharged firemen. The employment standards have been drastically lowered and the training program has been disregarded except for ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. What will happen to your home or your family during the process of on-the-job training? The purpose of this hand-bill being delivered to your home is because we have been unable to present our case to you through news media, either by news releases or paid advertisements. If you are concerned with the foregoing facts, tear off the detachment below and mail. ATLsaNTA FIREFIGHTERS UNION INDEPENDENT 1960 Lakewood Avenue, S. E. 622-8108 econ eee te ee Re Re KP ee BB Be Be BB Oe ee EE BEE Be Ee ee ee ee Ee ee ee ee eee Eee ee Be eee ee September, 1966 Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor, City of Atlanta City Hall 68 Mitchell Street, S. W. Atlanta, Georgia 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 IMMEDIATELY. Signed Address
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 14

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  • Text: 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 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: 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 arrargement around the country. This reduction in hours would be wade 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 the recommendations of Paul J. Hallinan, Archbishop of the City of Atlanta, that the question of legality be left in the hands of a Superior Court Judge to act as arbitrator, and his findings be binding on both parties, 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, ————————_———— === TT
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 82

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  • Text: STATEMENT BY CHIEF C, H, HILDEBRAND « ATLANTA FIRE DEPARTMENT Friday, September 16, 1966 For Release 11:00 A. M. The City of Atlanta has in operation this morning 25 fully manned Fire Stations. The total 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 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 reasnable remaining unmanned stations in operation within a+ery-skert 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 requesting all the citizens 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 self-inspection of your premises which, if conscientiously adhered to, can prevent fires and preserve property.
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 27

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  • Text: FrsHER Bony DIVISION GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION ATLANTH PLANT ATLANTA, GEORGIA 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 wages now offered them. As a further indication that our city is not adequately protected, the insurance underwriters have stated that under present circumstances, they probably will not issue new policies and if the serious shortage of trained firefighters continues to exist, insurance rates may be increased, I feel that such an increase would be an unnecessary expense to property owners. I would like to request that you and other responsible city officials reconsider your decision and urge these men to return to their jobs. Very truly yours, C esos ot ' Negen Mrs. Christine D. Hogan Secretary to Plant Manager cc: Board of Firemasters
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 25

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  • Text: SALARY INCREASES GRANTED FOR THE YEARS 1959=1966 Exhibit ALONG WITH APPROXIMATE ANNUAL COST Approximate Salary Minimum Salary Maximum Salary Approximate Annual Cost Approximate Range (Step One) (Step Six) Annual Cost All Other Other Total Annual No. Amount _% Increase Amount _% Increase Firemen Employees Received Employees Cost Salary of Firemen January 1, 1958 30 288.00 355.00 One Step Salary Increase Granted 1959 12.00 4.17 15.00 4.23. 129,027 Police-l Step ,Other-None 123,077 252,104 Salary After 1959 Increase 31 300.00 370.00 Two Step Salary Increase Granted 1960 26.00 8.67 33.00 8.92 285 ,322 Police-2 Step,Other-1 Step 768 ,331 1,053,653 Salary After 1960 Increase 33 326,00 403.00 Two Step Increase Granted 1962 29.00 8.90 35.00 8.68 346 ,826 2 Step 1,641,346 1,988,172 Salary After 1962 Increase 35 355.00 438.00 Two Step Increase Granted 1965 31.00 8.73 38.00 8.68 378 ,552 Police-2 Step,Other-1 Step 1,136,853 1,515,405 Salary After 1965 Increase 37 386,00 476.00 One Step Increase Granted 1966 17.00 4.40 21.00 4.41 209,260 1 Step 1,068 ,609 1,277,869 Present Salary of Firemen 38 403.00 497.00 Percent Increase and Cumulative Annual Costs 1958-1966 39.93 40.00 1,348 ,987 4,738,216 6 087 ,203 Increase in Consumer Price Index (1957-59 Avg. 100%) to March, 19661 10.30 10.30 Should Additional Salary Increments be Granted, the Approximate Annual Cost would be as follows: Increment 1 210,395 1,122,805 1,333,200 Increment 2 219 ,336 1,170,525 1,389,861 Increment 3 228 ,659 1,220,272 1,448,931 Increment 4 238 ,377 1,272,134 1,510,511 Increment 5 248 ,470 1,326,205 1,574,675 Isource: Atlanta Economic Review, June, 1966
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 61

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  • Text: FJT Mayor's Office, City Hall Mr. Roy Cheurich International Vice President Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America 450P EST Aug 24 66 AF381 A LLHI65 RX PD 9EXTRA Atlanta Ga 24 415P 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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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 86

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  • Text: OG Sep. 14, 1966 Editor The Atlanta Journal Atlanta, Georgia Dear Sir: It's doubtful that you'll print this letter since you're obviously backing the City political machine, but you should know that the general public has nothing but comtempt for the so-called loyal firemen, Loyal to whom? Certainly not the citizens of Atlanta, They know the largest objection of the striking firemen is the lowering of qualifications the city has been insisting upon - even to the extent that men labeled as cowardly and unfit by the training school have been put to work! All of this, of course, brought on by the low salaries and long hours being unattractive to the quality of men needed, In reality - the striking men are the men really loyal to the people - they are willing to put every- thing they have, as individuals, in jeopardy, in order to keep Atlanta's Fire Department on the professional level a city of this caliber should have. These so-called loyal firemen are simply afraid of fighting for what they know is right - fear of losing @ paycheck - or an opportunity for a promotion - and in some cases, hoping to get an unearned position by default. In other words, the weak members stayed on the job - refusing to even back up the men fighting for thems I hope there are no fires involving lives because these men won't take a risk. Five-hundred fifty men are by far the majority. They couldn't be all wrong: Iwonder how Mayor Allen can face the citizens knowing he could have averted this situation by simply letting a Judge decide theissue. His pride has Atlanta in a dangerous and serious situation. Sincerely, We tas Been Xe Po dese | ek JC a
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 92

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  • Text: September 12, 1966 Finance Committee of the Board of Aldermen Honorable Milton G. Farris, Chaimnan Honorable Charles L. Davis, Comptroller Atlanta, Georgia Gentlemen: fo recruit more than 500 Firemen is a major undertaking that will require several months or maybe as long as a year. It is my opinion that such a large number of qualified men can- not be recruited in the Atlanta area as rapidly as is neces- sary to meet the needs. Therefore, I am requesting that you . establish a special budget for a recruitment program to be conducted throughout the Southeast. The rates per colum inch of advertising in newspapers vary so much that it is difficult to estimate the cost of the ad- vertising that I propose to do. I plan to run ads of eight column inches each in two successive Sunday editions of thirty daily newspapers and the same ad in two successive weeks in fifty weekly newspapers. I am estimating the cost for this advertising campaign to be $7500.00. Also I should like to put two men on the road following up our advertising for twenty-four work days. At a cost of $42.00 per day per man te include 200 miles of travel a day at ten cents a mile, room at $12.00 a night, and meals at $10.00 per day, cost for this part of the campaign would be $2016.00. I have done some long distance telephoning and will have do considerably more. I request that $100.00 be provided that purpose. fF 4 Finance Conmittee ~2~ September 12, 1966 My total request is for $9816.00 which, incidentally, is less than the proposed pay for one year for two first year Firemen, Respectfully, CARL T. SUTHERLAND Director of Personnel CPS scbt
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 20

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  • Text: Archbishop's Office 2699 Rachtree Road. N.E. P.O. Box 12047, Northside Station Atlanta. Georgia 30305 September 2, 1966 To: The Honorable Ivan Allen, Jr. Mayor Captain J. I. Martin, President, Atlamta Fire Fighters Union Independent The Honorable Sam Phillips McKenzie, Judge, Superior Court, Fulton County Our City of Atlanta is again confronted 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 in- volved in the present confrontation over the wages, hours and working conditions of the Atlanta firemen, together with the in- pending work stoppage. As a religious leader, I am concerned about the justice involved on both sides: On the one hand the responsi- bility of the firemen to the community and the public interest; and on the other hand the responsibility of the community 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 municipal 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 armof the Fire Department and its demands. I have heard that it is agreed that monies are availabvle from present 1966 ap- propriations 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 immediately 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 year. The legal opinien that such a retroactive pay raise is illegal has been ten- dered by both the City Attorney and an unknown attorney employed by 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 pressure from those whoseconcern 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 Department. 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 work- ing honestly and in good faith. Since it seems to be a legal question which threatens our community 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: That this legal expert be Judge Sam Phillips McKenzie, subject to the approval of the Chief Judge of the Superior Court, the Honorable Virlyn Moore. Fourth: That the attorneys for both parties submit their case to Judge McKenzie within 48 hours either by oral argumentation or by means of written brief or both for his considered judgment. Fifth: That this judgment be rendered as expeditiously as possible by Judge McKenzie after due consideration. Sixth: If Judge McKenzie rules that such a retroactive in- crease is illegal then the Union agrees that it will cease any further economic action to secure its demands prior to January 1, 1967, Seventh: If Judge McKenzie rules that the City may legally grant said increase in salary and relief for the firemen out of avail- able surplus funds (assuming the funds are available), then the City will grant such increases, retroactively to September 1, 1966, as may be agreed upon by the parties. I realize that this is a stop-gap and temporary solution and does not bring inte the picture the PAS report or the concern of other parties for the plight of other city employees. I believe, however, that it would certainly show the citizens of Atlanta that both parties have gone the last mile in order to bring about a reasonable, honorable and just settlement. 35 The citizens of Atlanta cannot and will not tolerate 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 re- solving 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. fs yours, Most Reverend Paul J. Hallinan Archbishop of Atlanta ¢ 7) : + ¢ ) ? 2. 2. of a c ‘ Ce ) - Q
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 15

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  • Text: -— FOR: International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-cre 905 Sixteenth Street, N.W. Washington, D. CG. 20036 FE 7-38070 FROM: Maurer, Dleisher, Zon & Associates, Inc. 1120 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington, D. C. 20036 FE 7-8070 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 8, 1966 AFL-CIO PRESIDENT MEANY, FIRE FIGHTERS! PRESIDENT BUCK VOICE -SUPPORT FOR’ NON-STRIKING MEMBERS CF ATLANTA FIRE FIGHTERS' UNION WASHINGTON--Statements of support for the members of Local 134 of the International Association of Fire Fighte>:, who declined to join a strike by a breakaway unarfiliateda organization of fire fighters was voiced today by AFL-CIO President George Meany and President Wm. D. Buck of the International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO. Mr. Meany said in a telegram to President James 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 of Fire Fighters in Atlanta who have remained loyal to observance of their international union constitution 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 fire fighters, to the public safety of the city of Atlanta." immediavely following the arncouncement of Mr. Meany's wire, IAFF President Buck issued the following statement: | "The officers and members of the International Sr: Association of Fire Fighters are gratified by the statemen of support issued by AFL-CIO President George Meany on behalf of the responsible and courageous members of Locel 134,. TAFF, who have kept raith with tneir responsibility to protect the people of Atlanta eam fire under all possible circumstances. "It is time to set the record straight and clear. The good union members in Atlanta are the members of Local 124 who have staved at their post, in accordance with their union constitution and their personal oath of responsibility. "In all the excitement of charges and accusation, propaganda has clouded over the fact that these Local 134 members are the real trade unionists, wno deserve the support of organized labor and the general public. George Meany has clearly seen the true racts and on behalf of American labor he has spoken out in support of basic AFL-CIO principles. “ Se ae ih Saale aon ee ee ay ee | ‘"The IAFF recognizes that the fire fighters of Atlanta have for many years had serious grievances, and the city government'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 tne part of the city government does not justify the action > of those who Weicéa eWay 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 SPpective collective bargaining and we offer our full support in helping them rebuild Local 134 to full strength once again." HiHE
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 9

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  • Text: LUMBERMENS MUTUAL CASUALTY COMPANY PENNSYLVANIA LUMBERMENS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY FEDERAL MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY AMERICAN MANUFACTURERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY FOOD INDUSTRIES FEDERATION BUILDING OWNERS FEDERATION AMERICAN MOTORISTS INSURANCE COMPANY IMPROVED RISK MUTUALS ASSOCIATED MUTUALS tA CORPORATION?) FIRE—WINOSTORM—AUTOMOBILE AND GENERAL CASUALTY INSURANCE TELEPHONE 876-5781 1401 PEACHTREE BUILDING 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" 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. Speaking personally, it is my opimion that you have followed the proper course in this matter. It is my opinion that a vast majority of our citi- zens 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 matter, and in addition in the matter of the riots which took place not long ago. I hope that it won't be long before some method will be devised whereby the opinions of responsible citizenry can be more effectively enforced. Sincerely yours, be" Lo pons A. C. MORRIS, JR. Assistant Secretary y8-1-2h1 Enel. Se a a ~ te a. ty ee 4 tot pe time J _2bherrD ww =
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 4

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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 18

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  • Text: NER AFL-CIO September 8, 1966 Mr. James Moore, President Atlanta Labor Council, AFL-CIO 250 10th Street, N. E. Atlanta, Ga. PRESIDENT BUCK OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS ILAS INFORMED ME OF THE VICIOUS CAMPAIGN BEING CARRIED ON TO CONDEMN THOSE MEMBERS OF LOCAL 134 of FIRE FIGHTERS IN ATLANTA WHO HAVE REMAINED LOYAL TO OBSERVANCE OF THEIR INTER- NATIONAL UNION CONSTITUTION 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
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 40

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  • Text: Funds are not now available either to shorten Atlanta fire- men’s workweek or raise their pay, the aldermanie finance committee decided Friday. The action came after some }400 firemen, their wives and ,supporters had overflowed the aldermanic chambers at a pub- lic hearing. They asked that the fire department‘s workweek be cut to 56 hours from the present 60 hours and that time and a th be paid for all hours over 4 The finance committee took up the requests in executive session and wound up deciding that neither could be granted immediately without raising Aldermen Refuse Firemen Shorter Hours, By MARION GAINES taxes or the city’s finding some new source of revenue, The aldermen made two con- cessions, however, by adopting resolutions promising that: (1) Time and a half will henceforth be paid for fireman called back to duty in emer- gency situations after complet- ing their regular 69-hour week. It was estimated this will cost only some $5,000 to $10,600 a} year. (2) The 56-hour week for fire- men will be given “The first consideration” in drawing up next year’s city budget over any requests for across-the- extra Pay a 3//9 board salary raises in any de- partments. All members of the finance committee stressed that they were in sympathy with the fire- men’s objectives. But all agreed, too, with Ald. Charlie Leftwich that the current city budget “is as tight as it's ever been.” Comptroller Charles Davis! told the committee that imple- menting the 46-hour week would require about 72 additional fire- men at an annual cost (based on top pay scale) of some $526,052. Paying time and a half over Continued on Page 5, Column 1 | - Firemen Los® fn Request for Fewer Hours Continued From Page 1 40 hours for a 56-hour week would cost about $704,618 a year’ and for a 60-hour weck about $510,831 a year, Davis said, At the public hearing, Capt. J. C. Whitley told the aldermen that the city was practicing “false economy” to train young men as firefighters and then lose them a short time later te jobs with shorter hours and! weekends and holidays off. _ Sgt. J. D. Garrett pleaded for implementation of the firemen’s requests, declaring: “We can’t strike against you: all we ean do is quit and look for some-. thing else.” Longtime Atlanta business- man Sam Rothberg urged the aldermen to give the firemen a wage “that is just, fair and right” even if it meant increas- Ing taxes. Insuranceman M. M. (Mug- &sy) Smith said an important factor is “the life hazard—when these men answer a fire eall, ee never know if they'll come ack,” i —.
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 36

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  • Text: ~ is aacea) * 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, (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 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 paying 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 Fichters. 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 weék of firemen in formulating the 1967 Budget before any over-all salary increase is considered for employees and officers of the City. ee au soning iin 7 Soe Teer Tr er eas a aa eee 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, CMe Ney iL Ly ite Bn U2 WHE JL; J te? fe Li le os on £ VM 4 al Hee2 A. sg ——, / x C/.> Loar y c ) Bin Ann. ae, Je J \S { be oe oat , " A Se CN * eo! Ba ete ON fi CT UAEA j
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Box 14, Folder 12, Document 43

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  • Text: J fee ee ae 1 ~w fe be September 15, 1966 MEMORANDUM RE? FIREMEN'S STRIKE To get the facts on the firemen's situation (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 Society (an independent Chicago organization which makes surveys of municipalities and specializes in personnel, positions, 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 scene. 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 of Tech, as arbitrator. Their request had been for a decrease in working hours (they had been work= ing 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 P.A.S. recommended beginning January l. —————————
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