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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