As Jon previously reported, a huge controversy was kicked up today over an email apparently threatening/promising financial consequences in regards to passage of the Workers Privacy Act, prompting the Gov. Chris Gregoire, House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, to pull the legislation altogether, refer the email to the state patrol and issue a joint statement.
News reports had suggested the email came from the Washington State Labor Council, which the WSLC now confirms by releasing the following statement:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2009
Statement from WSLC President Rick Bender
The following statement regarding today’s developments surrounding the Worker Privacy Act is from Rick Bender, President of the Washington State Labor Council:
“We regret the incident. It was a result of frustration with the legislature’s failure to protect workers’ rights in the workplace. Our job is to always protect workers’ rights.
“We do not believe that any law has been violated and we have no additional comments until we know where this will go.
“Thank you very much.”
I’m still trying to get a copy of the offending email.