Tug-of-war between union, employer over info

Union wanted employee contact information to prepare for round of collective bargaining
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 09/07/2011

This instalment of You Make the Call involves a union’s request for an employer to supply contact information for all of its employees.

Port Transport, a British Columbia shipping company, had a collective agreement with its union, CAW-Canada, Local 2006, expire on June 30, 2010. Six days before the collective agreement expired, the union gave the company notice to bargain a new agreement and preparations began for a round of talks.

On July 20, 2010, the union formally requested in writing for Port Transport to provide it with information on the employees who were part of the bargaining unit in order to help with its preparation for collective bargaining. Port Transport agreed to provide some of the information the union wanted, but refused to give certain pieces of information, including: