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WA community college violates Public Records Laws, retaliates against adjuncts filing requests

WA community college violates Public Records Laws, retaliates against adjuncts filing requests | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Keith Hoeller, GRAFA (Green River Adjunct Faculty
Association), Olympia WA, writes about violations of Public Records
Laws and retaliation for making public records requests,


"To whom it may concern, I have been told by several knowledgeable people that Green River Community College has not been complying with state and federal laws on the keeping and releasing of public records....Union leaders have been reluctant to produce emails under our state's public disclosure laws.

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Indeed, two instances of retaliation have already happened. On July 30 I was harassed and threatened by a member of our faculty union's executive board. The board member approached me in a state of anger and fury because a reporter from  AdjunctNation had requested the emails of our union president....This same board member recently harassed and threatened another adjunct who had filed a public records request. And a second union board member, who has supervisory authority over the adjunct, did the same."

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Exercpted from letter by Keith Hoeller to WA Senate Higher Education Committee and highered media. Why is this and other breaches of conduct (and WA state code) being ignored by the state, the college, the union, local and higher ed media?

 

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AFT Washington Affiliate Tries to Block Release of Public Documents Relating to Union Leader’s Embezzlement of Funds | Adjunct Advocate

AFT Washington Affiliate Tries to Block Release of Public Documents Relating to Union Leader’s Embezzlement of Funds | Adjunct Advocate | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

Ideally, union leaders help and protect members to the extent allowed by the contract negotiated between the union and the employer. At Green River Community College there have been allegations made that the game is being played differently. GRCC is located in Auburn, Washington, a suburb of Seattle with a population of about 75,000. In response to allegations made by part-time faculty who are union members represented by United Faculty (UF), AdjunctNation.com launched an investigation. As a part of our effort to gather documents, AdjunctNation filed two Freedom of Information Act requests on July 20, 2012. In response, UF’s leadership has attempted to force Green River Community College officials to keep from releasing emails and documents that could confirm leaders’ alleged efforts to single out, end the career and destroy the reputation of one of the union’s own members, part-time faculty member Keith Hoeller. (by PD Lesko)

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FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds | Adjunct Advocate

FOIAed Police Reports Show Washington Union Leader Impeded Police Investigation of Theft of Union Funds | Adjunct Advocate | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it

by P.D. Lesko
At Green River Community College, located in a suburb of Seattle, Washington, adjuncts (350) make up the majority of the 450 faculty who teach at the two-year college. Between 2004-2010, an adjunct faculty member headed the Green River Community College United Faculty, a joint AFT-NEA local—the only joint AFT-NEA local in the state. Phil Ray Jack was elected, for all intents and purposes, by the full-time faculty to lead the local. Washington State union leaders have referred to Jack’s election and long-time stint as leader of the unified local, a “resounding success.” A part-time faculty member who was represented by Jack and UF for the years during which he led the union summed up his leadership quite differently.

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It’s easy for those who support collective bargaining rights to look at pieces such as this one as attacks on unions and unionism. Union leaders, who are criticized as having created a system in which it pays more to work for the union that to be represented by the union, if RiShawn Biddle’s facts in the American Spectator are to be believed, deflect criticism by labeling critics “anti-union.” Such tactics become more difficult to employ, however, when the criticisms are leveled by long-time union activists and union members.

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