Fort Wayne council debates limits on city unions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WAYNE, Ind.--- Hundreds of Fort Wayne city workers and others booed at times as City Council members discussed proposals to scale back or eliminate collective bargaining for city employees.

Republican Councilman John Crawford said during Tuesday night's meeting the proposals to stop contract negotiations with unions are meant to save money for taxpayers, although he doesn't know how much.

The Journal Gazette and the News-Sentinel report Democratic Mayor Tom Henry says he would veto any of the proposals, while Republicans could use their 6-3 council majority to override him.

Former Councilman Tim Pape represented the mayor at the council meeting. He said the city has a cash reserve and productive workers despite stagnant pay and large benefit cuts.

Crawford says he expects the council to vote on the proposals next week.

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