Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Hein signs executive order protecting privacy of public employees

KINGSTON – In a move to protect the privacy of unionized county workers and to avoid efforts to union bust, Ulster County Executive Michael Hein, Tuesday, signed an executive order prohibiting the disclosure of their personal information.

Hein’s order says the county will not subject public sector workers to “the abuse” of their personal information for any reason.

“We should not lose sight of what the Supreme Court ruling with Janus v. AFSCME really meant,” the county exec said. “It really opens the door as an attack on organized labor and we have an extraordinary team of wonderful organized labor unions in Ulster County and to be in a situation where they are under attack, we pass executive orders that really protect them as best as we possibly can waiting for, in the end, state legislation to be able to do the same.”

The executive order does not apply to work-related, publicly available information such as title, salary and dates of employment.

The counties of Westchester and Suffolk have also implemented public sector employee privacy provisions.

 


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