Seaford right to work ordinance receives mixed opinions
Seaford has done what Sussex County couldn't, they've passed right to work legislation.
The city council unanimously passed the bill, but like the county, it didn't happen without opposition.
"We stepped back and we looked and said what is happening around the country? What is happening that they're growing great jobs, and there was a common trend which is right to work," says Mayor David Genshaw.
The new ordinance would give private employees the ability to chose, chose to work for a living without being compelled to belong to a union. City officials say it's a win-win for the city and its economy. Some residents are happy it passed.
"I believe passing, right to work is a step in the right direction, it's a small step to attract business and creators to our community," says Joan Neal, a business owner and resident of Seaford.
However, others who came to the announcement on Tuesday are upset that it went through without a public hearing.
Mayor Genshaw says, "We didn't need to. I believe the right to work numbers stand by themselves, that anybody that looks at right to work it is undeniable the impact of positive jobs."
Some residents telling 47 ABC they doubt the new ordinance can boost the economy.
"I think there is so much conflicting evidence that is very difficult to prove one way or the other," says Dan Cannon, a Seaford resident.
The mayor says he knows this is a hot button issue for the state and Sussex County. As it stands now, when a workplace unionizes, all of its workers have to be a part of it.
Mayor Genshaw believes that the new ordinance is not only lawful but is in the best interest of the City of Seaford.
"This is not one party against the other. This not anti-union. We are doing this for the people of Seaford, for their benefit," says Mayor Genshaw.
City officials say they are not concerned about litigation for passing this ordinance.