Council Overrides Mayor's Right-To-Work Veto

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive
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Council Overrides Mayor's Right-To-Work Veto

July 23, 2014 Updated Jul 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Fort Wayne City Council and Mayor Tom Henry, D-Fort Wayne, are once again at odds over union issues.

City Council overrode a mayoral veto of a right-to-work ordinance that allows police officers and firefighters to opt out of their unions without losing their jobs.

The vote had the mandatory 6 votes to override the veto, and was along party lines.

Council passed the ordinance July 8, but was vetoed by Henry July 18.

"To amend and pass an ordinance with no advanced notice and no chance for input by the public or the Fort Wayne Police Department were unnecessary and unprofessional," the mayor said of the council's override in a statement.

It's the second time in a month the mayor vetoed an ordinance, and council overrode the veto. The first was an ordinance that strips non-public safety unions of their collective bargaining rights.

Also at council, members approved a sewer rate increase for Fort Wayne residents. The proposed rate increase now heads to the Indiana Utilities Regulatory Commission for approval.

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