In a significant win for organized labor, the Supreme Court of California has ruled that a union is entitled to the home addresses and telephone numbers of employees who aren’t union members.
Recent case: The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) won the right to represent several classes of Los Angeles County employees. The county, citing employee privacy concerns, refused to give SEIU a list of home addresses and phone numbers for employees who chose not to join the union.
The Supreme Court of California said the union was entitled to the information and that the union’s need to represent all employees in the bargaining unit (and therefore communicate with them) outweighed those employees’ privacy concerns. (County of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles Employee Relations Commission, et al., No. S191944, Supreme Court of California, 2013)