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Telus picketers hit private homes; Hotel owner fined, jailed for 30 days; Software violates employee privacy
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/06/2005

Telus picketers hit private homes

EDMONTON — An Alberta court ruled striking union members have the right to picket at private residences. Between Aug. 23 and Sept. 8, picketers wore signs and walked up and down the sidewalk in front of the homes of 10 Telus employees, including those of managers and workers who crossed the picket line. In some cases they yelled profanities, honked horns, peered over fences into backyards and planted signs on front lawns. In a 2002 case involving striking Pepsi workers, the Supreme Court of Canada chose not to ban picketing at private homes. The Alberta court followed the high court’s reasoning, but did put some restrictions in place, including limiting the protests from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and banning any contact between the picketers and the children of employees.

Hotel owner fined, jailed for 30 days