The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is committed to upholding the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) and the protection of the privacy of all its members.
AUPE recognizes the importance of maintaining confidentiality of personal information and has taken steps to ensure the collection, use and disclosure of personal information is done in accordance with the law, and most importantly, that we meet our ethical responsibility to members’ privacy.
According to the Personal Information Protection Act, personal information means information about an identifiable individual including but not limited to:
- ID numbers
- Ethnic origin
- Disciplinary records
- Credit information
- Medical records
It does not include business contact information such as name, title, address, or telephone number.
It is important to note that AUPE collects business and personal information from members and staff, which is necessary to facilitate the day-to-day servicing functions of this organization on behalf of its members (for no other reason will personal information be collected, used, or disclosed without individual express consent).
AUPE has exclusive authority on behalf of all members to represent them in their relations with their employers. In fulfilling its duty to represent members, AUPE will sometimes have to collect, use and/or disclose personal information of its members. For instance, this would be the case in representing a member in a grievance, or assisting a member on a disability claim.
Any personal information collected in these circumstances will only be used for the purposes for which it was collected.
Any member has the right to refuse to consent to the collection, use or disclosure of the personal information in these circumstances. Unless such objection is received, AUPE will assume that members will consent to AUPE’s collection, use and disclosure of their personal information as these circumstances arise.
- AUPE uses our membership database to advise members of various meetings such as Annual General meetings.
- AUPE uses our database to issue payment for expense claims.
- AUPE uses our database to issue various communications such as the quarterly Impact newspaper, Steward Notes and special events notification.
- AUPE may use the database to perform statistical analysis for negotiation purposes.
- AUPE has made arrangements with a few partners to distribute their pamphlets (i.e. Bell and Morgex) at their cost.
- Contact information may be shared with a Local or Chapter chair for members of his/her Local or Chapter.
In all the above cases, particularly case 5, AUPE keeps possession of the personal information. It is never shared with outside parties.
Common areas within the Headquarters are under 24 hour video surveillance.
Personal information is never placed on our website but business contact information may be.
As you browse the AUPE website (www.aupe.org) and other websites, online ad networks we work with may place anonymous cookies on your computer, and use similar technologies, in order to understand your interests based on your (anonymous) online activities, and thus to tailor more relevant ads to you. If you do not wish to receive such tailored advertising, you can visit this page to opt out of most companies that engage in such advertising. This will not prevent you from seeing ads; the ads simply will not be delivered through these targeting methods.
The AUPE website contains information on external organizations and companies including but not limited to websites, phone numbers, addresses and basic information, as a convenience for the members of AUPE and the users of this website. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees does not control, monitor or guarantee the information contained on our site or others, and does not endorse any views expressed or products or services offered therein. In no event shall AUPE be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such contents, products, or services available on or through any such resource. All information provided on AUPE webpages is provided as a courtesy. It should not be construed as an endorsement by AUPE of the content, views, products or services offered by the other organizations.
AUPE has designated a Privacy Officer to deal with privacy issues and compliance. Please contact:
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
10451 – 170 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5P 4S7
call the Member Resource Centre at 1-800-232-7284 or 780-930-3300 and ask to speak to the Privacy Officer.