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Recently Jeffrey Butler, a lawyer in Rockwall, Texas, submitted a sweeping demand for information to Pullman Regional Hospital pursuant to the Public Records Act, seeking the full name, job title, work location, and e‑mail of every employee.
The Washington State Nurses Association is taking action to prevent the disclosure of your personal information to fullest extent allowed by law. WSNA believes that disclosure of this personal information would violate nurses’ right to privacy and could jeopardize the safety of nurses who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other threats to their bodily security.
In response to similar requests for information by a notorious anti-union group, the so-called Freedom Foundation, WSNA and other unions sued and obtained an injunction preventing the disclosure of personal information concerning public employees who had been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking.
If you or a family member have been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other threats of violence and you wish to prevent the disclosure of your personal information, please contact paralegal Jeanna Te in the WSNA legal department at 206 – 575-7979, extension 3040, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information you provide shall be kept strictly confidential.
Protecting your privacy and safety are paramount to WSNA.
NOTE: You should not provide sensitive information to your employer about risks to your security, except as necessary to ensure your safety at work, since any information provided to a public employer may be subject to disclosure as a public record.
If you have any questions about this issue, please contact the WSNA legal department at 206 – 575-7979, extension 3040 or email@example.com.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.