Democratic legislators approved a bill last month declaring that the “home addresses, home telephone numbers, personal cellular telephone numbers, and birth dates” of public employees are not public records, definitely not open to public inspection.
Some Democratic legislators are citing the California constitutional amendment protecting people’s right to privacy as they push bills seeking to limit the reach of internet giants into individuals’ personal information without their consent.
If you’re not in a union however, Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, has a completely different world-view.
Kalra’s latest piece of legislation would require that employees of private firms must divulge their cellphone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses to unions. The unions in turn, can seek to organize them.
Democratic legislators who only last month voted to protect public employees’ information could be viewed as inconsistent with legislators who this month might vote to expose private employees’ information. It is, in reality, perfectly consistent. It’s all about labor’s clout in California.
Source: The Sacramento Bee