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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Union Contracts to Prevent Disclosure

Here is an interesting piece from State Sunshine and Open Records about a Wisconsin case in which a public employees' union entered into an agreement with the state requiring the withholding of certain information.

Washington agencies try this on occasion too but it's pretty clear that a contract cannot override a statute. Imagine the mischief if it could--a contract not to pay taxes, a contract to drink and drive, etc.