Interested in steward training?
We are hosting WPEA Shop Steward Conference on June 4 in Yakima. Events are open to current members-in-good-standing. Learn more and register now.
PRR hearing postponed to June 3
The Thurston County Superior Court has postponed the hearing on the Freedom Foundation’s Public Records Request until June 3. The Freedom Foundation had filed a PRR to obtain WPEA members' personal information, including their date of birth. In response, WPEA filed for a preliminary injunction to prevent the release of your personal information.
At the hearing, Judge Murphy noted that there were at least five other pending cases requesting public-sector union members’ personal information. The judge determined it would be most efficient for all of the Freedom Foundation cases to either be consolidated or to have all of them assigned to the same judge. In the meantime, the state will NOT be providing WPEA members' personal information to the Freedom Foundation. Read more below.
Bargaining season begins!
- Contract Bargaining with the Higher Ed Coalition begins May 11.
- Contract Bargaining with General Government begins May 26.
- Bargaining for the Yakima Valley College and Highline College contracts will start in June.
Look for a letter from WPEA in your mail starting this weekend with information on our bargaining updates webpage. You’ll be able to get regular updates from the bargaining website all summer!
We’re expecting to have bargaining on these four contracts completed by the end of August, in time for a September ratification vote by the membership.
We’ll have updates on bargaining at Ft. Vancouver Regional Libraries and Kitsap Regional Library as we get closer to bargaining this fall.
To support your bargaining team, ask your staff rep, shop stewards or local bargaining team member about getting a pro-bargaining button to wear with Union pride at your worksite!
Good luck to all the bargaining teams as they head to the table!
Students stand up for classified staff
Students at Bellevue College are standing with the classified staff in opposition to the Freedom Foundation’s request for personal information:
“We, the Associated Student Government of Bellevue College, recognize the value and importance of laws such as the Open Public Records Act that allow members of the community to request information on the workings of their government. However, we feel that the Freedom Foundation’s use of a public records request is a blatant abuse of the privileges that the open public records act provides. These laws are intended to provide transparency to governments. They are not a tool to gather private, personal information in order to fuel political campaigns or for private gain.”
“This is solidarity built on trust and established relationships,” said WPEA VP Becky Turnbull. Becky worked to educate the college board and ASG about the Freedom Foundation’s request, hopes to build more support between students, faculty, board, and staff. Great work, Becky—we know this will inspire action at more colleges and worksites across the state!
Protect your privacy
The Freedom Foundation makes broad request for member information
UPDATE: WPEA has secured a temporary restraining order and is still pursuing a permanent injunction. Please encourage your workers and fellow members to contact the Freedom Foundation – ask them what they want the information for, ask them what their plans are to keep this information safe, and make it clear you don’t want them in your business.
Jami Lund from the Freedom Foundation is demanding the state release personal information about state employees, including birthdates. This is the same organization that works to dismantle state government and destroy unions.
The organization submitted a Public Records Request for union members’ personal information including your name, birthdate, and work email. WPEA is consulting legal counsel to protect your information but you can take action now.
Tell Jami Lund and the Freedom Foundation you don’t want to be contacted by them and you are angry that they are requesting your personal information. Join the other members already standing up against this violation. Call the Freedom Foundation at 360-956-3482 and demand your privacy.
2016 scholarship application now online
Bellevue College library
staff show their solidarity!
From left to right: Bellevue College library staff Paula Laine, Gordon Hom, Benayah Israel, Becky Turnbull, and Larry Boykin.
Kitsap Regional Library
Librarians rock: WPEA members Gail Goodrick, Lisa Longmire, and Michelle Will.