Fort Wayne council backs right-to-work ordinance

WISH File Photo (Marcus Collins)
WISH File Photo (Marcus Collins)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The Fort Wayne City Council has voted to override the mayor’s veto of a right-to-work measure covering the city’s police officers and firefighters.

The Republican-led council voted 6-3 along party lines Tuesday night to approve the ordinance allowing firefighters and officers to drop their union memberships without losing their jobs in Indiana’s second-largest city.

The vote comes four weeks after the GOP council members backed overriding Democratic Mayor Tom Henry’s veto of an ordinance prohibiting collective bargaining for all city employees except police officers and firefighters.

Henry says the right-to-work ordinance was brought up this month without any public notice and was aimed at advancing ideological interests.

Council Republicans say the ordinance takes government out of the worker-union relationship.

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