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I am a public employee working at Bellevue College. I’m writing to express my concern about public records requests for public employees’ birth dates. Several such requests have been made in recent years, and each time, my colleagues at public colleges and state agencies feel helpless, fearful, and angry.
When the Public Records Act was written over 40 years ago, identity theft was not common and cyber-theft was non-existent. Now there are criminals who buy social security numbers and birth dates for those purposes. Even 20 years ago our Social Security numbers were printed in full on public documents; now we know better.
It’s time to update the Public Records Act and exempt employee birth dates from disclosure. Senator Patty Kuderer has introduced SB 6079 to do exactly that. Thanks to Senator Kuderer for working to modernize the public records act and keep those of us who work in public service safe from harassment and identity theft.
Taken From http://www.bellevuereporter.com/letters/time-to-update-the-pra-letter/
Written by Becky Turnbull, Bellevue College
The ballots have been counted for the 2018-2019 WPEA Chief Shop Steward & Assistant Chief Shop Stewards at Pierce College. And, the winners are:
CONGRATULATIONS to this incoming team of Pierce College Shop Steward leadership! And, thank you to everyone who participated in this election either as a candidate or who took the time to vote in this very important election. If you see these successful candidates, please congratulate them on renewing their terms as Chief and Assistant Chief Shop Stewards.
SEATAC (Feb. 6, 2018) — Several hundred union leaders, staffers and rank-and-file members from around Washington state gathered in SeaTac on Monday for a labor summit about the challenges — and opportunities — presented by attacks on workers’ freedom to stand together. The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO hosted “Building Strong Unions: Winning in a Right-to-Work Environment.”
“When our voices are stifled, the result is income inequality, voter suppression, fear of the other, and free reign to a new set of entrepreneurs who make the robber barons of the gilded age seem tame,” said WSLC President Jeff Johnson in his opening remarks. “When our voices are united — we win!”
Fire fighters from Spokane, electricians from Tacoma, grocery clerks from Auburn, machinists from Everett, state employees from Olympia, nurses from Seattle, farm workers from Mount Vernon, teachers from Vancouver, warehouse workers from Wenatchee, and many others assembled for the event. They were joined by representatives of community organizations that share organized labor’s values and want to raise living standards throughout the state.
“This is not a one-off summit but the beginning of a movement to win power for working people — we will hold ourselves accountable over the next several months and years,” Johnson said. “This is a commitment for us to build stronger unions and stronger communities.”
The info-graphic below is just one of many statistics to come out of the Washington State Labor Summit. (Excerpts from The Stand)