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What does the ALRB do?

The Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) is an independent and impartial tribunal responsible for the day-to-day application and interpretation of Alberta's labour laws.  The role of the ALRB is to interpret and apply the legislation governing collective bargaining including:

  • how and under what conditions a trade union may claim the status of exclusive bargaining agent for a group of employees;

  • how the employer and union must bargain to reach or renew a collective agreement;

  • what kinds of union and employer conduct is prohibited; and

  • when the parties may have recourse to a strike or lockout.
What's New?  


Invitation for Intervenors re: Essential Services matter

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (“AUPE”) and Capital Care Group Inc. (the “Employer”) have filed cross-applications in Board File ES-00005 alleging bad faith bargaining in the negotiation of an essential services agreement between the parties.  In particular, the Employer’s cross-application alleges AUPE has breached section 95.4(3) of the Code by “refus[ing] to acknowledge that requirements arising from health care statutes and regulations applicable to the Employer’s operation of approved hospitals, nursing homes and supportive living facilities must still be adhered to in the event of a labour dispute, and must be accommodated within provisions of an essential services agreement”.  The Employer further seeks direction from the Essential Services Commissioner pursuant to section 95.42(2) of the Code on the interpretation of the essential services Division of the Code concerning the interplay between that Division and provisions in other provincial legislation regulating health care services providers.

The Employer’s cross-application can be viewed here and further particulars of March 6th here

AUPE’s response to the cross-application can be viewed here and the further response of AUPE (March 13th) is found here.

The Parties are in the process of filing additional submissions regarding this matter. As such, in order to avoid duplicative submissions, the March 9th deadline has been extended to March 20, 2018 for intervenors who wish to provide submissions on this interpretation issue to provide brief written submissions.  Written submissions are to be brief (no longer than 10 pages) and must be copied to the Commissioner and the parties.  Please provide only the quoted portions of authorities.

Intervenors who seek to participate in oral argument concerning the interpretation issue should make that request in their written submissions, along with the anticipated length of their oral submissions.  The Commissioner may grant status to participate in oral argument in her discretion.  Intervenors will not be permitted to adduce evidence or to examine or cross-examine witnesses called by the parties.  Questions may be referred to the Board Officer, Dan Galdamez, at (780) 427-0067.


Occupational Health and Safety - Appeals:

New legislation affecting the ALRB was introduced December 15, 2017. The Board now has responsibility for adjudicating appeals of matters under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The Board has added a new Occupational Health & Safety drop-down tab above for easy access. Read further information here.


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