Saturday, June 02, 2001

Union acquires state workers' home addresses

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — A labor group recruiting in state government has obtained home addresses — supposedly private information — for a mailing list of more than 30,000 state employees.

        A spokeswoman said the group was able to compile the addresses from other information obtained under the Kentucky Open Records Act.

        Carolyn Klinglesmith, Kentucky organizing director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said state officials informed the union that home addresses of state workers are not public record.

        “However, we can get the names and other information from the state,” she said. “Technology allows us to use cross references of lists to come up with the addresses. We've been working on this for 10 years and we were ready to go.”

        Scott Render, a spokesman for the Governor's Office for Technology, said his agency honored an open-records request from the union for names and work phone numbers of state workers but not home addresses.

        The attorney general's office has issued opinions that disclosure of state workers' home addresses constitutes an invasion of privacy.

        Ms. Klinglesmith's union has banded with the Teamsters and Auto Workers unions to form the Public Employee Alliance of Kentucky. The alliance recently did a mass mailing about Gov. Paul Patton's decision to allow employees to choose unions to represent them on one of his advisory councils.

        State Personnel Secretary Carol Palmore said her cabinet provides home addresses and phone numbers to no one except law-enforcement agencies.

        Mr. Patton's general counsel, Denis Fleming, said the administration “made it clear to labor groups that the state cannot provide them with such information.”

        The leader of an employee group opposed to Mr. Patton's action was skeptical.

        “It's hard for me to envision anyone outside of state government having such a sophisticated, complete, up-to-date list of home addresses of so many state workers,” said David Jackson, head of the Kentucky Coalition of State Employee Organizations.


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