Impact of Tough Times for Public Employers to be Discussed at Annual Seminar

Yesterday, Delaware’s two largest public employers indicated that they were facing fiscal challenges. Governor Ruth Ann Minner announced a hiring freeze to address a $126 million dollar budget shortfall. New Castle County Executive Chris Coons announced a budget proposal requiring the use of $17.2 million dollars of its cash reserves.

The State and the County and other governments are feeling the effects of a softening economy. Since personnel wages and benefits costs make up a large part of their budgets, it is clear that public employees will be asked to make sacrifices as governments struggle to balance their budgets.

Sheldon Sandler and I will be discussing the state of public labor relations in Delaware at our Department’s upcoming Annual Seminar on April 16th. Hope to see you there.

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