Ballard Vetoes "Freedom to Work" Proposal
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Mayor Greg Ballard has vetoed the so-called "Freedom to Work" proposal passed by the City-County Council earlier this week.
The proposal would have prevented hotels licensed by the city of Indianapolis from entering into contracts with temporary staffing agencies which would prevent hospitality workers from being hired directly by the hotels themselves. The proposal stated allegations from workers who claimed they were not able to be hired by hotels outside of those who had contracts with the staffing agencies.
Mayor Ballard says state law already prohibits blacklisting and therefore, "any measures by the city to prohibit 'blacklisting' are unnecessary." City-County Council President Maggie Lewis released a statement saying, "To veto this proposal is reprehensible and communicates an intent of keeping this segment of our community at a lowered income level. This failure to allow individuals the opportunity to provide for their families by earning a livable income in today's economy is an embarrassment."
The proposal will now go back to the full council where they would need 20 votes to override the veto. The proposal originally passed by a vote of 16-12.