Today, a state court of appeals issued a decision blocking an attempt by the Freedom Foundation to obtain the date of birth of WPEA members. The court held that releasing the birth dates of WPEA members would violate their constitutional right to privacy.
From the decision:
“We hold that state employees have a constitutionally protected expectation of privacy in their full names associated with their corresponding birthdates. Because the employees have a constitutionally protected expectation of privacy, and the unions have satisfied the requirements for an order granting permanent PRA injunctions, the trial court erred by denying the unions’ motions for permanent injunctions. Accordingly, we reverse and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”
You can read the full decision here.
The case is now headed back to superior court and we will continue to post updates on the case as they happen.
Ballots for the WPEA Officer Elections were mailed on October 24, and should be arriving in your mailbox in the coming days.
Every three years, WPEA members have the opportunity to nominate and elect union officers.
This year, there are two contested statewide offices, and one contested District Vice-President race. All officers elected will serve a term beginning January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2010.
Candidates for WPEA President
Candidates for WPEA Secretary Treasurer
Candidates for District 1 Vice-President
Learn more about the candidates and elections here.
All ballots must be received at the WPEA post office box by 5pm on Monday, November 13, 2017, in order to be counted.
Friend, colleague, and WPEA member Debbie McBride has passed away.
Deborah Ann (Debbie) McBride passed away at home in Naches at age 60 on September 22, 2017. She is survived by her husband Glen McBride; children Shawn McBride, Nick & Paulina McBride, Tara McBride & Josh Gamble; mother Pat Cook; sisters Marie, Sue, Cindy, Diane, and Julie; grandchildren Adria, Aris, Preston, Gavin, Bella, Madison, and Vivian; and many nieces and nephews.
Debbie worked in several print shops throughout Yakima, ending her career at YVC. She enjoyed working at the college and always spoke fondly of her coworkers. Debbie has worked at YVC since August of 2000, initially as the Copy Center Lead, and most recently as Digital Printing Specialist. She always had a smile, kind words, and a willingness to accommodate everyone’s needs. When not working she enjoyed photography, traveling with her husband, and being a doting mother and grandmother.
As the holiday season draws near, please consider donating to your local food banks. For some, this is the only holiday meal they will receive. Some items include:
WPEA will be collecting donations! Donations due November 15th at WPEA Headquarters. 140 Percival St. NW Olympia, WA 98502. Can't make it to our Olympia location? Contact us at (360) 943-1121 ext 107 to find out how you can become involved.
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