PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered the Rhode Island Department of Administration to shield the private contact information of state employees. The move was characterized as a response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on union dues.
Raimondo asked Director Michael DiBiase to keep home addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information of the state employees private. Raimondo warned that organizations would try to “undermine public sector unions,” The Providence Journal reported
The Democrat’s calls comes in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that found that government workers can’t be forced to contribute “fair share” fees or agency fees to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.Union leaders said the decision will affect revenue and could persuade some members to leave.
Raimondo spokesman Mike Raia cited a right-to-work group, the Michigan-based Mackinac Center, that contacted New York teachers via email about leaving their union, and directed them to an online opt-out form.