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City of Seaford passes right-to-work ordinance Sussex County Council public hearing scheduled for Jan. 2 By Ron MacArthur With a pending debate on a right-to-work ordinance early in the new year on the Sussex County Council schedule, the City of Seaford Council passed its own ordinance during a Dec. 12 meeting. The ordinance forbids employ- ers in the city from requiring that employees be members of a union or pay any dues, fees or charges of any kind to a labor organization. “No one understands the effect that job loss has better than the people of Seaford,” said Mayor David Genshaw. Once known as The Nylon Capital of the World, when the Seaford DuPont Plant started to scale back in the 1980s and was eventually sold, the city lost thousands of jobs. At one time, as many as 5,000 people –including construction crews – worked at the world's first nylon plant. The mayor said council and city leadership have done just about everything they can to spur economic development. “But when companies are mak- ing a site selection, and they require a right-to-work area, we are not going to get selected. This ordinance will allow Seaford that opportunity. Seaford has been devastated by job loss, and the impact of this ordinance in the future of Seaford is tremendous.” Seaford is the only jurisdiction in Delaware with right-to-work provisions. It remains to be seen what the legal ramifications of city council’s action will be. Sev- eral attorneys warned county officials that passage of a right- to-work ordinance would result in multiple lawsuits. Sussex County Council has scheduled a public hearing on a right-to-work ordinance at its Tuesday, Jan. 2 meeting. What is right to work? Under the right-to-work law, employees in unionized work- places cannot be forced to join a union or to pay for any part of the cost of union representation while still receiving the same benefits as union members who pay fees. Twenty-eight states have right-to-work laws in place. Editors note: Seaford Star reporter Lynn Parks contributed to this story. December 16th at the studio: 11-1pm online: ALL DAY • $100 Gift Certificates for $85 • $150 Gift Certificates for $125 *Gift certificate limit is 3 per person 5 one-hour massages for $375 20% OFF apparel and yoga gear (in studio only) 1632 Savannah Rd., Unit 7, Lewes, DE 302-645-7053 December 16th December 16th December 16th December 16th December 16th GIFT CERTIFICATE SALE* Holiday Worcester Preparatory School 508 South Main Street • Historic Berlin, Maryland • • Four-Year High School Scholarship for New Student Entering 9th Grade in 2018 • Strong Academic Ability • Strength in the Arts and/or Technology • Demonstrated Financial Need Sara Chase Carlson Scholarship Application Deadline: February 14, 2018 Contact Tara Becker, Director of Admissions, 410-641-3575 or 20 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 NEWS Cape Gazette RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THE CITY OF SEAFORD is the first jurisdiction in Delaware to have a right-to- work ordinance. House members serve two-year terms, and all nine representa- tives from Sussex County are up for re-election, including Speaker of the House Rep. Pete Schwartz- kopf, House Minority Leader Rep. Daniel Short and Reps. Steve Smyk, Dave Wilson, Harvey Ken- ton, Ruth Briggs King, Donald Gray, Timothy Dukes and Rich- ard Collins. Schwartzkopf is the only Democrat. In statewide races, Attorney General Matt Denn has an- nounced he’s not running for re-election, State Treasurer Ken Simpler has announced his inten- tions to run for a second term and State Auditor Thomas Wag- ner hasn’t announced anything. As of deadline Dec. 14, neither Simpler nor Wagner, had filed. At the federal level, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and, like all members of the House of Repre- sentatives, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester are up for re- election. U.S. Sen. Chris Coons is up for re-election in 2020. All three of the state’s federal legisla- tors are Democrats. The deadline for candidates to file for a statewide office and all other offices is noon, Tuesday, July 10. The statewide primary election is set for Thursday, Sept. 9, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for the primary is Satur- day, Aug. 11. The statewide general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. The deadline to register to vote for the general election is Satur- day, Oct. 13. Lopez Continued from page 19