GEORGETOWN, Del. — A Delaware county has postponed a vote on enacting a right-to-work law after a contentious public hearing.
News outlets report that the postponement Tuesday by the Sussex County Council followed a five-hour hearing pitting supporters of the proposal against union members who spoke in opposition.
The proposed ordinance would bar workers from being compelled to join labor unions.
Twenty-eight states have enacted right-to-work laws but Delaware is not among them.
Delaware’s Department of Justice has said county officials lack the authority to enact their own right-to-work laws. But Councilman Rob Arlett, a Republican who sponsored the proposal, said the department’s opinion is just one of many.
Arlett said he hopes the council will vote on the legislation next week.