Fort Wayne mayor set to veto union talks ban

Fort Wayne, Ind. (file photo)
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The Fort Wayne City Council has reaffirmed its vote to end collective bargaining for all city employees except police officers and firefighters despite the mayor's pledge to veto the ordinance.

The Republican-led council voted along party lines Tuesday night to block an attempt to reconsider the measure it approved in a 6-3 vote two weeks ago.

Democratic Mayor Tom Henry calls the ordinance a divisive approach that risks demoralizing city workers. The mayor has 10 days to issue a veto, which the council could override with six votes.

Sponsors of the change say the employee unions increase costs and inefficiencies for Indiana's second-largest city.

Officials say the ordinance would affect about 575 employees. Nearly 800 public safety union employees wouldn't be affected.

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