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Council overrides collective-bargaining veto

New law limits bargaining only to police, fire unions

City Council members voted along party lines Tuesday to override Mayor Tom Henry’s veto of their prohibition on collective bargaining for the six city unions that don’t represent police or firefighters.

The council voted earlier this month to stop negotiating with the unions representing about 500 city employees. Another 750 employees are in the three police and fire unions, and about 550 workers are not unionized.

All six Republicans were in favor of ending collective bargaining; all three Democrats opposed it, and Tuesday’s vote to override Henry’s veto fell along the same lines. Henry, a Democrat, vetoed the move but a mayoral veto can be overridden with six votes.

In a statement issued after the vote, Henry called the move “disappointing and unnecessary,” but Republicans on the council said it will give the city more flexibility and save money.

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