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Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry vetoes a collective bargaining ordinance Friday. The ordinance would have ended collective bargaining rights for city employees who are not police or firefighters.

Henry vetoes collective bargaining ordinance

Calls it 'unnecessary challenge'; vote to override June 24

Mayor Tom Henry issued his promised veto Friday, striking down legislation ending collective bargaining rights for city employees who are not police or firefighters.

Passionately calling the ordinance divisive and a step backward for the community, Henry signed the veto in front of the media, city department heads and about a dozen union representatives.

The City Council voted along party lines May 27 to approve the ordinance, but a parliamentary move by Democrats required a second vote Tuesday, which upheld the decision. The council’s six Republicans supported the ordinance; it takes six votes to override a veto. That vote will come June 24.

“We will overcome this unnecessary challenge that is before us,” Henry said.

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