On Friday, June 3, WPEA won a preliminary injunction in Thurston Superior Court against the release of members’ personal information to the Freedom Foundation.
The Court decided to prevent the release of your names and birthdates; there will be another hearing on July 29 to make that injunction permanent. The court did rule to allow the release of members’ work email addresses. WPEA appealed that ruling but the appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeals. The lists of email addresses were delivered to the Freedom Foundation starting June 6.
We encourage you to check with your Agency/Institution HR office for guidance on how to respond if you receive non-work related emails from the Freedom Foundation at work. If you are contacted by the Foundation on your work email, WPEA’s advice is that you do not respond. Responding could put you in violation of Washington’s ethics rules governing the use of the state email system for personal use. You could be subject to discipline and a fine by the Washington State Ethics Board.
WPEA will continue to update members of any changes in our fight to protect you against this group.