The End to Collective Bargaining


Published 06/24 2014 10:09PM

Updated 06/25 2014 08:36AM

Tuesday's city council meeting was one that no one will forget for a long time. In a 6-3 vote the city council decided to override Mayor Tom Henry's veto over the end to collective bargaining.

Many union workers did not want to speak after the vote came saying they have nothing to say, the looks on their faces said it all. Lloyd Osborne is the Business Representative for Operating Engineers Local 399. He said, "I am absolutely shocked, there is no plan put into place for what happens tomorrow morning with the city workers what work rules they're under what's going to be the next thing it's alarming they would pass this without doing a study if it’s the right thing to do for the city."

Jeremy Bush, President of the Professional Firefighters Union is shocked as well. Bush said, "I’m in disbelief, I still had hope that somebody would change their mind or come to the conclusions this isn’t the best decision for the city moving forward. Obviously, that doesn't happen and didn’t happen tonight. All we can hope for is the constituents and citizens out there can see there was no proof nothing substantial the direction were going the mayor wasn’t on board with and all we can hope is the people show up and vote next election."

Republican Councilman John Crawford, one of the main authors, stood strong by his vote. He says, "This is what we think is best for Fort Wayne we think it will make managing the city more flexible we think it will cut costs for the taxpayer and that’s the only reason we advocated this change."

Councilman Geoff Paddock, a democrat, voted in favor of the unions Tuesday night, and said he’s hopeful collective bargaining won’t go away all together.

Paddock said, "I think many of us are concerned as to exactly what we happen. As far as contracts are concerned and we want to start working with this law, and the mayor and city attorney and others to see what exactly city employees can expect."

After Tuesday’s meeting Mayor Henry put out a statement saying:

“Tonight's vote by a majority of city council members to override my veto of the ordinance to end collective bargaining for non-public safety union employees is disappointing and unnecessary. 

My leadership team has begun the process of identifying executive order options that we can utilize to continue to value and protect our employees who commit themselves each day to provide excellent, affordable, and life-saving services.”

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