Collective bargaining back in front of council Tuesday night

In this photo from May 27, residents and city workers packed council chambers to weigh in on ordinances to eliminate collective bargaining for some city employees.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne City Council could possibly face a motion to reconsider a vote on a collective bargaining ordinance which passed at its May 27 meeting.

Councilman John Shoaff (D-At-large) voted in the affirmative, which allows him to call for the motion tonight.

The ordinance, which ends collective bargaining for city employees who are not public safety workers, passed 7-2. If the motion is considered, council would vote again on the issue at tonight’s meeting.

Shoaff said last month he hopes the additional two weeks might cause some members to change their votes. Some council members told NewsChannel 15 Tuesday afternoon that they’re stance hasn’t changed.

Marty Bender (R-At-large), John Crawford (R-At-large), Tom Didier (R-3rd), Mitch Harper (R-4th), Russ Jehl (R-2nd), and Tom Smith (R-1st) also voted ‘yes.’

Glynn Hines (D-6th) and Geoff Paddock (D-5th) voted against the measure. Shoaff voted against the ordinance (with Hines and Paddock) in committee.

If council passes the motion to reconsider and passes the ordinance anyway, Mayor Tom Henry would then get the ordinance for action. Henry has vowed to veto any bill that strips collective bargaining for any city employees.

If the motion to reconsider fails, votes from the May 27 meeting would stand.

At the earliest, an attempt to override a mayoral veto could happen June 24. It takes six votes to override a veto.

An ordinance to eliminate collective bargaining for police and firefighters was tabled at last month’s committee meeting. That ordinance is not currently on tonight’s agenda.

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