Statement from WPEA President Kent Stanford:
“On behalf of our members and public employees statewide, we are deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today. Washington State’s founders provided strong privacy rights for all our citizens in our Constitution. Public employees are also citizens and should not have to give up those vital protections when they choose to serve the public good. Despite this decision, we’re proud that we went to court to protect our members’ privacy.
Public service employees already face low wages and harassment on the job. It is unconscionable that they must also deal with increased risk of data breaches, doxing, and identity theft, just because they’ve answered the call to serve the people of Washington.
We respect and value governmental transparency, but this is a blatant attempt by secretly-funded, politically-motivated, anti-public service special interests to intimidate and destroy the privacy of public employees in order to fuel their extreme anti-worker ideology.
It is time for the legislature to pass stronger protections for public employees’ personal information.”
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