Councilmen Proposing Collective Bargaining May Have Hidden Agenda


Published 06/16 2014 09:38PM

Updated 06/19 2014 03:27PM

An advertisement in Sunday's paper, posted by a collective of several local unions is instructing the Fort Wayne community to come out to a picnic this Saturday, to learn more about why some city officials in Fort Wayne want to do away with Collective Bargaining. Lloyd Osborne, is the Business Agent for the International Union of Operating Engineers says some city officials, have a hidden agenda behind the push to end Collective Bargaining..

"There's just some rumblings around there could be a restructure of the city utilities or privitization we have absolutely no facts of that," said Osborne.

This Saturday at Freimann Square from 11 am to 2 pm there will be an informational meeting/picnic for the citizens of Fort Wayne to hear how Collective Bargaining will affect Fort Wayne and the community.

Tony Wickersham, Assistant Directing Business Representative Union said he's been working with the unions and their leadership to get these ordinances off the table.

"It's something we haven't had with the ordinance structure when council's introduced the ordinances we haven't had that opportunity to talk."

In a statement released Monday, Mayor Tom Henry said:

"Questions have been raised about the possible privatization of Fort Wayne City Uilities. The city of Fort Wayne has no interest in privatizing our award-winning water and sewer services. Our focus each day is to provide excellent customer service and affordable rates. Private utilities focus on shareholders and profit margins. Our commitment is to our customers and employees."

"We are not absolutely sure that's what they are doing just rumblings about it and we want to get it out there and get these questions answered," said Osborne. He said they have no concrete evidence but are just looking for the truth.

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