Fort Wayne City Council

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1:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Fort Wayne Council Finalizes 2015 Budget

The Fort Wayne City Council on Tuesday approved a city budget for the fiscal year 2015. 

The city’s 2015 budget is a little more than $150 million, up about 5 and a half percent from last year. Accounting for most of that increase is funding for the municipal election, additional police recruits, and a rare additional pay period for the year.  

Most of the council agrees it’s a lean, balanced budget.

A proposal by Councilman John Crawford was approved however, to cut nearly half a million dollars from the communication budget to enhance the city’s cash reserve.

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Fort Wayne
4:26 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

GOP Leader Proposes City Worker Protections

Allen County Republican Party Chairman Steve Shine.
Credit Courtesy / Allen County GOP

Allen County’s Republican Party leader has a new proposal to protect workers he says will “smooth the edges” of Fort Wayne’s recent ban on collective bargaining for most city employees.

Chairman Steve Shine sent a letter to Republican members of the Fort Wayne City Council Friday urging them to create an appeals process for city workers that would ensure fairness in firing and disciplinary decisions.

Shine says he was initially approached on the matter by Jeremy Bush with the Fort Wayne Professional Firefighers union, who asked him to intercede with a proposal.

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News
1:27 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Fort Wayne City Council Upholds Right-to-Work Ordinance

A right-to-work ordinance for Fort Wayne’s police officers and firefighters survived a mayoral veto. The vote was made at Tuesday's City Council meeting. 

The ordinance says that public safety workers can’t lose their jobs if they don’t want to pay union dues. It was introduced by Republican councilman Mitch Harper.

Harper says it’s a matter of principle – that it’s not taking away union’s rights, but giving freedom of choice to the employee.

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Politics & Government
2:59 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henry Vetoes Collective Bargaining Proposal

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry vetoed a city council proposal Friday that would strip some city employees of their collective bargaining rights.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry officially vetoed the Fort Wayne City Council’s decision to end collective bargaining rights for non-public safety union workers Friday.

This is only the second veto Henry has issued as mayor. The democrat has strongly advocated against the collective bargaining measure since it was introduced.

The vote to eliminate collective bargaining ran along party lines - Henry says the measure is a step backwards, and suspects political motives by the some council members.  

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News
8:11 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Fort Wayne Unions Face Proposal to Cut Collective Bargaining

Hundreds of union workers attended Tuesday's city council meeting.
Credit Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Collective bargaining would be completely eliminated for union workers in Fort Wayne under a proposal by members of the City’s council. The council approved the introduction of the proposal Tuesday.

Collective bargaining – it’s how groups of employees use representatives to negotiate things like wages and benefits.

Fort Wayne City Councilmen John Crawford and Russell Jehl propose to repeal collective bargaining rights for city utilities and other workers. Crawford also proposes to appeal the rights for public safety workers. 

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