Mayor Henry Seeks Executive Orders To Uphold Collective Bargaining

Council Overrides Collective Bargaining Ordinance Veto (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 11:12 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - Fort Wayne City Council overrode a mayoral veto Tuesday night, ultimately placing collective bargaining restrictions on non-public safety unions.

The 6-3 vote was along party lines; and the 6 votes were the minimum needed to override the veto.

By overriding the veto the ordinance originally passed becomes law immediately. The ordinance strips collective bargaining power of all municipal unions except public safety unions.

Mayor Tom Henry, D-Fort Wayne, vetoed the ordinance Friday. He calls the override "disappointing and unnecessary."

"At a time when we’re experiencing unprecedented momentum in the City of Fort Wayne by working together, six members of City Council decided to lead a divisive effort to hurt award-winning city employees," Henry said in a statement after the council meeting.

The mayor says he will explore executive orders to reinstate collective bargaining power for non-public safety unions.

City Council passed the ordinance May 27, at which time Councilman John Shoaff, D-At Large, was forced to vote in favor of the ordinance in order to call a motion to reconsider the legislation at later council meeting.

Council rejected a reconsider vote on June 10.

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