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Verbatim: Harper comments on mayoral veto

Fort Wayne City Councilman Mitch Harper, R-4th, issued this statement today:

“I regret that the Mayor has chosen to veto the bill which would have protected Fort Wayne employees and supported them in their choices. The right to work, the right to be employed without joining a union, is enjoyed by all Hoosiers except those in the public sector. To veto this basic Hoosier right is disappointing.”

"The veto sends a message on economic development that is in conflict with Indiana’s pro-growth, pro-employment agenda. We need to work positively on policies that show the world we are open for growth and reform. Confident labor organizations do not require agency shop provisions and compulsory dues."

The following notes are informational addenda:

  • With respect to Collective Bargaining, the Mayor has not been in compliance with City Code during the entirety of his term:
Chapter 40.25 (C) The mayor shall meet with the Common Council prior to negotiations to gain suggestions from the members of Council as to items to be considered at the bargaining table. The Mayor shall inform the Common Council at regular intervals of the progress of negotiations.

The Administration admitted its lapse in following this provision in City Code when questioned at the Council table during consideration of the Firefighters’ contract. And since that time the Mayor has yet to contact members of City Council regarding the status of on-going collective bargaining with the PBA.

  • And with respect to the language of this bill and the Letter of Understanding the Mayor has already signed, both of those came out of the cooperative discussions I had on an engaged and ongoing basis with the Firefighters’ representatives.

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