Crawford points to other U.S cities that have repealed collective bargaining for unions---saying that he’d like to see
“Do you really want to wait until you are in bad shape to reform a system. It won't be any easier,” said Crawford.
“I think what this boils down to is an ideal that's going across the country and a belief that unions are bad and unions are not-productive and fat and lazy,” said Jeremy Bush, President Fort Wayne Professional Fire Firefighters.
Bush also questions why the Councilmen are trying to push these ordinances through in just a few weeks.
“Councilman Crawford has had years to prepare for this and they are allowing us a two week period to gather all of our information and present it,” said Bush.
“Whether we do this in 3-4 weeks, 3-4 months or 3-4 years it will be equally contentious,” said Crawford.
Mayor Tom Henry came out last week supporting the unions and their desire to maintain collective bargaining.
“Why now? I'm just wondering what their motivation behind it is. We need to determine why council members are doing what they are doing,” said Henry.