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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?  


Essential Services Commissioner

Gwen Gray, Q.C., has been chosen as the Board's Essential Services Commissioner. Ms. Gray’s term begins June 1, 2016. Read the Press Release here.

Ms. Gray is an Edmonton-based labour lawyer with more than a decade of experience in Alberta’s labour, employment and human rights laws. Previously, she had a distinguished career practising law and teaching at the University of Alberta. She also served as chair of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board.


Appointment - W.J. Johnson, Q.C.

The Board is pleased to announce that W.J. Johnson. Q.C. has been appointed as a full-time Vice-Chair effective June 1, 2016. Mr. Johnson has been serving as a part-time Vice Chair with the Board on January 27, 2016.


Hearing Rooms

On March 3rd, 2016, hearing rooms at the Edmonton and Calgary Board offices were renamed to honour past Chairs of the Board. Gerald A. Lucas, Q.C. and Robert J.W. Blair now have hearing rooms named after them. Previous hearing rooms have been renamed and the list of the rooms appear below for your reference. The new hearing room names will take effect on April 1, 2016.

Sims Room (Main Hearing Room) will become the McBain Room
McBain Room (2nd Hearing Room) will become the Blair Room

Dubensky Room (Main Floor Hearing Room) will become the Sims Room
d’Esterre Room (Main Floor) will become the Lucas Room
Board Caucus Room on Main Floor will become the Dubensky Room
Board Caucus Room on the 4th Floor will become the d’Esterre Room


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