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Council votes again to end collective bargaining

City Council members again voted along party lines Tuesday to end collective bargaining for all city workers except police and firefighters.

Mayor Tom Henry, in a statement issued after the vote, vowed to veto the measure and called it “a divisive approach that sends the wrong message.”

The Council approved the measure 6-3 two weeks ago, but a parliamentary move brought it up again for reconsideration tonight. The motion to reconsider, which would have had the council vote a second time on the proposal, failed 5-3.

Democrats John Shoaff, Geoff Paddock and Glynn Hines voted in favor of reconsidering. Republicans Mitch Harper, Marty Bender, Tom Didier, Tom Smith and Russ Jehl voted “no.” John Crawford, R-at large, co-authored the ordinance, but was absent Tuesday.

Henry has 10 days to sign the measure into law, veto it or do a “pocket veto” by failing to sign it within the 10-day window. If vetoed, the council will then be able to vote on overriding the veto June 24.

It takes six votes on the Council to override a veto.

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