County welfare office workers tell freeholders about ‘disgraceful’ contract negotiations

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Hudson County employees of the division of welfare, which is a part of the county department of family services, were vocal about how their year-long contract negotiations are at a standstill during last week’s Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders meeting.

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During the public portion of the meeting where several speakers took the podium, Khalilah Dailey told the board that the department is seriously lacking workers and it’s nearly impossible to perform day-to-day responsibilities as a result.

Rich McCormack pointed to other county monies being spent, as well as his personal salary, as to reasons why more money needs to be allocated to the division of welfare.

Freeholder Chairman E. Junior Maldonado said the board has urged the administration to sit down with the division of welfare union to try to work out a new contract as soon as possible.

After the meeting concluded, Hudson County View talked to District 2 Freeholder Bill O’Dea about the situation, stating that he sees a resolution to the contract dispute coming relatively soon.