Mobilization and union solidarity triumphed this week as Salem County officials scrapped a plan to privatize 911 dispatch and jail medical staff jobs.

The Freeholder Board had solicited bids to privatize 37 full- and part-time 911 call center jobs and 20 jail medical staff to balance the budget. However, when word spread of the officials' plan, union members whose jobs were threatened and the supporters mobilized, packing freeholder meetings to show the force of their opposition. We wish to thank Freeholder Dale Cross, our union brother from IBEW 94, for opposing the privatization. He and a majority of the freeholder board voted this week to adopt a budget that does not outsource jobs. This significant victory for the union workforce in Salem County would not have been possible without the hard work of our affiliates, allies and community partners, who saw this three-month-long fight through to a successful outcome. As always, when we fight together, we win together.

Thank you again for your support.

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