In April, the Freedom Foundation submitted public records requests for WPEA members’ names, dates of birth, and work email addresses. On August 16, the Washington State Court of Appeals ruled to extend a previous injunction that WPEA won protecting the release of your dates of birth to the Freedom Foundation.
The Union demonstrated a debatable issue as to whether the employees' dates of birth are exempt from disclosure under the privacy exemption, RCW 42.56.230(3), particularly in this era of cyber-crime and the use of dates of birth as identity verification. What this means is that the judge believes the union has made a point that is debatable; that the release of the birthdates could harm its members.
A new hearing will soon be scheduled so the Union can make that argument in front of the Appeals Court. WPEA will continue to fight to prevent the release of your personal information and keep you up-to-date. We will inform you of that new date as soon as it is scheduled. So, be sure to check this website and your email for updates as this case progresses.
Congratulations to the following WPEA-endorsed candidates who made it through the primary and will compete in the general election on November 8.
In the Commissioner of Public Lands race, Steve McLaughlin (R) and Hilary Franz (D) will advance to the general.
You can see how Labor Council-endorsed candidates performed at The Stand, and see all state election results at the Secretary of State’s website