If Republicans are known for anything in Delaware recently, it is their unrelenting war on workers, as we have seen with the push for a “Right-to-Work-for-Less” ordinance in Sussex County, and last year’s budget battle on prevailing wages. But as a blizzard pounds the entire state, it is worth a reminder that Republican Senators also voted against offering hazardous duty pay to the men and women of Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) when they are out plowing our streets.
Back in 2016, the Senate passed a bill that authorized hazardous duty pay for state transportation workers on a 13-8 party line vote, with just one Republican joining 12 Democrats voting for the measure. The bill, which cost $2.5 million annually, applies to Department of Transportation employees plowing snow, cutting grass or otherwise working on roads classified as interstates, expressways, arterials, or collector roads.
Minority Leader Gary Simpson, Greg Lavelle, Colin Bonini, Gerald Hocker, Dave Lawson, Ernie Lopez, Bryan Pettyjohn, and Bryant Richardson, all shamefully voted against the proposal. It would be fair for no DelDOT plow to visit their neighborhoods today.