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Fort Wayne mayor vows veto of anti-collective bargaining ordinance

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Fort Wayne’s City Council has voted to end collective bargaining in a 6-3 vote along party lines. The Republican-controlled council moved forward with the measure despite threats from Democratic Mayor Tom Henry that he would veto the ordinance. Sponsors say that public employee unions increase costs for the city. The ordinance would affect about 575 employees. Public safety union employees would not be affected.

The mayor released a statement saying that the measure is a “divisive approach that sends the wrong message.” He vowed to veto the ordinance, despite Republican council members having enough votes to override his veto. Six votes are required to override a mayoral veto.

“We’re experiencing unprecedented momentum in the City of Fort Wayne by working together,” Henry said. “Through innovative and engaging partnerships, we’ve built a nationally-recognized, affordable, and high-performing city government. Now is not the time to risk the progress we’re making in our community by rushing through an ordinance that takes away the rights of our award-winning city employees. We win the future by making smart choices, not by jeopardizing the formula for success and demoralizing our city team.”

Henry was elected mayor in 2007. He previously served on Fort Wayne’s City Council from 1983 until 2003. Once vetoed, the ordinance will go back to the Fort Wayne City Council for another vote.

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