Delaware Town OKs Right-to-Work Law in Advance of County Action


A small city in Delaware quietly has taken the unexpected step of passing its own right-to-work ordinance several weeks before officials in the surrounding county air a similar proposal.

The Seaford City Council voted unanimously for the right-to-work measure at its Dec. 12 meeting.

“We are superexcited about how the vote went,” Seaford Mayor David Genshaw told The Daily Signal in an email. “I have been surprised by the number of people who wish to support us.”

The Sussex County Council is set to hold a public hearing Jan. 2 on its countywide proposal to bar forced union membership. Seaford, a city of 7,000 residents, is in southwestern Sussex County.

“The mayor and the council members in Seaford showed real courage and leadership in pressing ahead with a decision that is in the best interests of their community,” Sussex County Council member Rob Arlett told The Daily Signal in a phone interview Monday.

“Right to work is all about choice and about bringing more economic opportunity,” Arlett said.

Right-to-work laws prohibit private sector employers from entering into agreements that make union membership and payment of union dues a condition of employment.

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