For the second time in a month, the Fort Wayne City Council has overturned a veto from Mayor Tom Henry. The measure, patterned after the state's “Right to Work” law, makes union membership optional for all city employees. Our partners at 21 Alive WPTA report Tuesday's two-thirds vote was along party lines. July 22, 2014

Statement from Mayor Tom Henry

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Tonight's vote by six City Council members to override my veto of an ordinance affecting public safety employees is disappointing.

Council's actions on July 8 to amend and pass an ordinance with no advanced notice and no chance for input by the public or the Fort Wayne Police Department were unnecessary and unprofessional.

The public and our award-winning City employees deserve the opportunity to have an open discussion to see why Council continues to pass legislation that appears to advance their ideological and philosophical desires rather than meeting the needs of residents and businesses.

I want to applaud Councilmen Hines, Paddock, and Shoaff for voting against the veto override and continuing to stand up for what is right. I appreciate their leadership and commitment to City employees, residents, and businesses.

We must move forward to win the future by working together to make a meaningful difference and serve residents and businesses with the best services possible.

Let's continue with the unprecedented momentum we're seeing in Fort Wayne by investing in our future, attracting and retaining jobs, and remaining committed to enhancing our neighborhoods.

Source: The Office of Mayor Tom Henry

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