Fort Wayne council backs right-to-work ordinance

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The Fort Wayne City Council has voted to override the mayor’s veto of a right-to-work measure covering the city’s police officers and firefighters.

The Republican-led council voted 6-3 along party lines Tuesday night to approve the ordinance allowing firefighters and officers to drop their union memberships without losing their jobs in Indiana’s second-largest city.

The vote comes four weeks after the GOP council members backed overriding Democratic Mayor Tom Henry’s veto of an ordinance prohibiting collective bargaining for all city employees except police officers and firefighters.

Henry says the right-to-work ordinance was brought up this month without any public notice and was aimed at advancing ideological interests.

Council Republicans say the ordinance takes government out of the worker-union relationship. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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