Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Alberta v UFCW local 401: Picketing is legitimate expression

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Court Decisions, News, Union Rights

The SCC surprised this month with Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 – a unanimous decision quashing Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), and unequivocally reaffirming the legitimate expression purpose of picketing during a legal strike. Despite its technical framing as a dispute between privacy and expression interests, this decision is a blow to employers whose interests lie in hampering the union’s ability to effectively dissuade people doing business with the employer.