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Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - August 6, 1964, Cedar Rapids, Iowa52401 chief Hunter muzzle aug i o 1964 pubic Library Mapham published weekly at Cedor rapids Lovell in number xxv Witt 9v August 6, 1964 in number xxv 324 7th Street s. E. Ellis swimmers perform of third fireman official fire department sources confirmed Early thursday morning that a Cedar rap ids l fireman Gordon Scott had also been Susie id a for 90 clays in connection with his participation in the circulation of a news re lease that had not been i cleared by fire chief Jesse Hunter. Scott reached wednesday evening for com ment by the citizen times declined to make a statement at that time 5 but said that he was. Not suspension of two Beds rapids firemen for Viola Tion of fire department re Gulac fits concerning re lease of information to news Media was blasted As unfair ars Tarary and by the Cedar rapids attorney who has been retained to Appeal their suspension. Attorney Robert Nelson told the citizen times in an exclusive interview that the action taken by fire chief Jesse Hunter in suspending private Don Klien and private Chuck Schmidt was a completely arbitrary act Ion unfounded in Law and violative of individual constitutional Guaran ,tees." Klien and Schmidt were placed on suspension wednesday afternoon for alleged violation of 1 Reg .4 it j it a a been told o f Thor Rem f prof Ess an Al t Prtrt it 1 1 i it Little Judy Lefebure and Terry Moore Paust for a moment with Simun Struc Tor. Miss Bette Smith. Moments later Judy and Terry made their appearance under the lights arid opened the evenings big top performance More in entertainment Section Oval from duty. Some speculation remained thursday As to whether any More sus pensions would be made following the issuance of a statement by profess ional fire fighters Loc Al 11 which had been signed by All thirteen members of the Union s executive Board. One of the suspended Trio Don Klien expressed some confusion Over the chief s action in selecting three firemen of thirteen for suspension. Ter s local Lviv their sus pension followed release of information regarding Union Askings during the next budget year to local news Media an action which violates the depart ment regulations govern ing Public utterances by local fire fighters. Klien and Schmidt have been charged specifically for infractions of article 23 of the fire department rules which states that All matters pertaining of or affecting the depart ment proposed by con plated by members must be submitted to the chief before i v action is taken and Evv donates Are strictly forbidden to take any part in any pro position contemplating an effect directly or in directly upon the depart ment or its operation except after consultation the the and article 34 of the regulations which reads no member of the department shall give out any information relative to the department its operations equipment and so Forth unless per Mission by the chief has been i commenting on Rule Nelson stated this is just one example of far afield local regulations have wandered from authority granted by the state code. Rule a 1j 1 both Klien and Schmidt told the citizen times that they have not yet re sieved official notification of their suspension taut that following the notification will Appeal the suspension to the City civil service commiss the citizen times Learned late wednesday night that a motion was introduced and carried by. The membership of fire fighters local 11 to Levy a special assessment to reimburse Klien and Schmidt for wages lost due to the suspension. Release of information concerning a special meeting of professional fire fighters local 11 to local news Media has resulted in the suspension this week of two Cedar rapids fireman who also serve As president and negotiating committee chairman of the local firemen s Union. Placed on suspension by fire chief Jesse Hunter wednesday were privates Don Klien and Chuck Schmidt. Klien is pres ident of the local fire fighters Union and Schmidt serves As chair Man of the group s negotiating committee. Klien and Schmidt were suspended for alleged violation of rules 23 and 34 of fire department regulations which forbid pub Lac statements by Mem Bers of the department that have not been cleared with the fire chief. The suspensions came late wednesday following circulation of a news re lease to local Media by local 11 concerning Union Askings which the fire fighters v charged were being ignored by safety commissioner Frank Bosh and the Cedar rapids City Council. The news release cited actions taken by the local in regard to pay hike requests in june of this year and action taken by the Public safety depart ment and individual councilmen. On june 24, 1964 our Askings were pres enter to the City " Council City clerk personnel direct or and the chief of the fire department in letter form. On june 25, these letters were returned with the exceptions of those sent to the personnel director and the chief of the fire department along with a letter of refusal signed by commissioner the re lease stated. The release also blasted Bosh and the City Council for allegedly failing to negotiate with the bar gaining committee of the local. The negotiating committee of local 11 has been completely ignored in their attempts to negotiate with the commissioner of Public safety and the City Council on wages and fringe benefits for the com ing the release charged. The fire fighter s re lease also spelled out the position adopted by Cedar rapids firemen following a special meeting held to determine the course of action to be pursued. As outlined in the re lease the Union passed resolutions to retain be Gal counsel to voice opposition to the proposed budget of the department of Public safety in particular those parts of the budget relating to the fire service. The Union said that fire department representation will appear at the City budget hearings on August 12 to voice their opposition unless their demands had been met by the release signed by the executive Board of local 11, added that the decision to Rel us in formation to local news Media in violation o f fire was made following instruction by a vote of an overwhelm ing majority of All Mem Schmidt and Klien were both Given 90 Day sus pensions by firs chief Hinter following appearance of the news release wednesday

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