Scanning not violation of collective agreement

The employer wanted to replace a manual record-keeping system with a biometric scanner rather than a mechanical system. Despite the lack of serious security concerns, the arbitrator found that the privacy objections of the union were small when compared to the company’s need for accurate records.

The employer informed the union it intended to replace its manual time-keeping/attendance/security system with an automated software system that checked employees in and out using biometric scans. The union grieved.

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