Trade unions, like any organization subject to Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA), can collect, use and disclose someone’s personal information for a reasonable purpose, to the extent needed for that purpose.

Consent from the individual is required unless otherwise authorized under PIPA.

Trade unions can collect, use and disclose someone’s personal information without consent when it relates to a matter under a labour relations dispute, and the purpose is to inform or persuade the public about a matter of significant public interest or importance relating to the dispute if:

  • the collection, use and disclosure is reasonably necessary for that purpose, and
  • it’s reasonable to collect, use and disclose the information without consent for that purpose, considering all relevant circumstances including the nature and sensitivity of information

Disclosure of Personal employee Information

PIPA will also let an organization disclose someone’s personal information without that person’s consent in the following circumstances:

  • it’s by a trade union relating to a labour relations dispute
    • the disclosure is for the purpose of informing or persuading the public about a matter of significant interest or importance relating to a labour relations dispute involving the trade union,
    • the disclosure is reasonably necessary for that purpose, and
    • it is reasonable to disclose without consent considering all relevant circumstances including the nature and sensitivity of the information

Contact

To connect with the FOIP-PIPA HelpDesk:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-5848
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: sa.accessandprivacy@gov.ab.ca

For issues related to trade unions other than PIPA, please contact Alberta Labour Relations Board:

Toll free: 1-800-463-2572