May 7, 2015
A bill that would enable the state to create union-shop-free zones in Delaware stalled Apr. 29 after it failed to win approval from the state Senate’s Labor and Industrial Relations Committee. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Greg Lavelle, a Republican, would let the state economic development director designate a manufacturing business hiring at least 20 new employees as a “right to work zone” where workers wouldn’t have to join a union or pay fees.
James Maravelias, vice president of the state AFL-CIO and head of the Delaware Building and Construction Trades Council, said the bill’s purpose is "to bust unions." Committee chair Robert Marshall, a Democrat, said any measure that would weaken unions would be "a setback." Read more