Collective Bargaining In Jeopardy For City Union Workers

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

Collective Bargaining In Jeopardy For City Union Workers

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 2:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Collective Bargaining for city workers could disappear if City Council passes three new ordinances that will be up for discussion this month.

City Councilmen John Crawford (R) and Russ Jehl (R) will be introducing two ordinances that will call for the repeal of collective bargaining for the non-public safety unions. If passed, unions for Civil City, City Utilities, and other non-public safety workers would see their ability to collectively bargain disappear.

If the council won't consider a repeal, both councilmen then want to introduce an ordinance that will replace the Collective Bargaining Ordinance with a consolidated non-public safety union ordinance.

Councilman Crawford will also introduce a separate bill aimed at repealing collective bargaining for the three public safety unions. The City Administration terminated the eight Civil City and City Utilities (non-public safety) union contracts at the beginning of this year. New contracts have yet to be negotiated.

The three ordinances will be up for discussion on May 20th, at City Council's committee session. Meetings begin at 5:30 at 200 E. Berry in the lower level of Citizens Square. Meetings are open to the public.

If City Council passes the bill, the Mayor would have the opportunity to veto it. If that happens, the council would need 6 votes to overturn the veto.

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