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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