Mayor Goes Toe To Toe With Council Over Unions Again

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive
By Jeff Neumeyer

July 18, 2014 Updated Jul 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has vetoed a city ordinance that would have made participating in Public Safety Unions optional.

City Council passed the ordinance on July 8th that would have made it optional for public safety employees to participate in the public safety unions. The Mayor accused council members who voted in favor of the measure of never even speaking with police unions about the plans to pass the ordinance.

Last month, City Council passed an ordinance that got rid of collective bargaining for the non-public safety unions, which the mayor vetoed, and they eventually overrode. The efforts to reduce and eliminate the unions in City government was spearheaded by Councilman John Crawford (R-At Large) who proposed the new ordinances in May. When Crawford introduced the ordinances he argued that the move was needed to help the city's worsening fiscal situation.

Councilman Mitch Harper (R-4th) released a statement today regarding the veto saying, "I regret that the Mayor has chosen to veto the bill which would have protected Fort Wayne employees
and supported them in their choices."

Councilman Harper further says that public safety employees should have right all Indiana workers enjoy, in that they don't have to join a union.

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