Alberta privacy decision on picket line video reversed

Court of Appeal finds privacy statute restricts union’s freedom of expression
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2012

A recent decision by the Alberta Court of Appeal will not change the practice of unions and employers videotaping picket lines but it does raise some questions about the intersection of privacy and expression laws in Canada, according to Tom Ross, a partner with the Calgary firm McLennan Ross LLP.

The case involves people crossing a picket line at the Palace Casino at the West Edmonton Mall.

Union members, represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the employer both videotaped the picket line.