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McBride: Let mayor's veto stand

April 25, 2011

One member of the Wauwatosa Common Council who voted in favor of ratifying the union contracts last week, said he won't try to override the mayor's veto.

Alderman Dennis McBride today sent a letter to his fellow council members saying he intends "to make a motion to table any effort to override" when the issue comes up again May 3.

"If the council votes in favor of my motion, the controversy will be over and the council can then move on to dealing with the many other important issues that we must address each week," McBride said.

While he disagrees with Mayor Jill Didier's decision last week to veto the 8-7 approval to ratify contracts with three employee unions - dispatchers, public works and clerical - he acknowledged the process had been played out in two meetings with public comment and hundreds of calls and emails from people with different views on the issue.

"It is my belief that no purpose will be served in bringing this issue to another vote," he said.

McBride wrote the petition requesting a special meeting be held in April to take a new vote on the three contracts, which had been denied, 13-3, in March. The document was signed by four other council members, which by city ordinance allowed the topic to be revisited.

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