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Collective bargaining proposals on council agenda

Members of the Fort Wayne City Council are expected to listen this evening to proposals to curtail or end city employees’ collective bargaining rights.

A vote could come as early as May 27.

Of the three bills up for debate:

  • One eliminates collective bargaining for all nonpublic safety employees;
  • The second eliminates collective bargaining rights for the six nonpublic safety unions and replaces them with two unions created by the city – one for City Utilities workers and another for civil city employees;
  • The third would eliminate all nine unions, including those for police and firefighters.
Council members heard nearly an hour of public comment on the issue last week before voting 6-2 to hear the proposals.

Mayor Tom Henry has indicated he might veto the measures if they pass; it would take six votes on the council to override such a veto.

City Council and its committee meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at Citizens Square.