News Teachers’ Union Wins Email Privacy Case
posted by January 23 at 13:01 PMon
A superior court judge has ruled in favor of the Seattle Education Association (SEA), which filed an injunction to quash a public disclosure request filed with the Seattle School District last October.
The union argued that requested emailsócommunications between union representatives about contracts and teacher grievances, sent through their district email accountsócould unfairly impact future collective bargaining with the district.
Indeed, the judge agreed and the requested emails have been sealed. According to the court, the emails are not “public records” even though they were sent over the district’s public email server. Typically, public agencies’ emails are subject to disclosure requests.
Because the ruling does not address future disclosure requests, Seattle Public Schools Spokesman David Tucker says the district will comply with future requests, unless a court says otherwise.