Right to work passage would give Sussex County much-needed business boost

Born and raised my entire life and started two businesses here in Sussex County, I would like to offer my opinion of the Right to Work (RTW) ordinance that was turned down.

I also served on the county council 20 years and was privileged to be president about 12 of those years.

Dale Dukes

Forget the legality issue which I feel should not be the determining factor to support or not support this ordinance, but what would benefit Sussex County. I was elected to spur the economy and create jobs and growth.

Warren County, Kentucky passed this in 2014 and since than the county seat of Bowling Green has seen downtown development of over $300 million in capital improvements.

Since 2014, Warren County has attracted 174 prospective new businesses to their county. This represents about $2.5 billion in potential investment and 16,618 jobs have materialized according to Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. The chamber says their county has 600 job openings for blue and white-collar workers in all fields.

The city of Seaford passed this unanimously in mid-December and Mayor (David) Genshaw said he wasn’t content to wait for the county to act and anticipated their own RTW law would attract business and opportunity for the former Dupont site as well as other parts of Seaford.

Despite one county’s decision to reject a right-to-work law, Delaware will remain the only state in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic with a local statue prohibiting imposition of union mandates on private sector employees.

Sussex County could benefit from this tremendously and could really boost the economy. Really the entire state needs this since the state has such financial difficulty.

However, if the state won’t pass it, I encourage the council to not put this on the back-burner but work out the legality of it and get it passed.

I read in the paper that almost all of you were in favor of it, but because of Home Rule and not sure if you could do it legally turned it down. I hope continued discussion will take place and not be influenced by people outside our county but listen to your constituents whom I have heard overwhelming support.

Thanks for considering this again.

Dale Dukes,

President, Dukes Lumber Co, Inc., Laurel, DE

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