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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 Documents

The Essential Services Commissioner has approved a transitional version of Information Bulletin #24 concerning Essential Services.  This Information Bulletin discusses the responsibilities of parties governed by the essential services Division of the Labour Relations Code and the procedures established by the Commissioner for applications and filings under that Division.  Information Bulletin #24: “Essential Services (transitional)” can be found by following this link.

Additions to the Board’s Rules of Procedure dealing with essential services applications will be forthcoming shortly.  In most circumstances, the existing rules of the Board will apply to proceedings by the Commissioner.  Watch this space for amendments to the Rules when released.

The use of mandatory forms will be required for Applications for Exemptions, Replies to Applications for Exemptions, and to Submit an Essential Services Agreement for Filing.  The mandatory forms for Application for Exemption and Reply to Application for Exemption can be found by following these links.  The form to submit an essential services agreement for filing will be forthcoming shortly: watch this space for the form when released.  Discussion about the process for submitting an essential services agreement for filing can be found in section VI of Information Bulletin #24.

Amended versions of the Labour Relations Code and the Public Service Employee Relations Act, incorporating amendments dealing with essential services, can be found be following these links.

Information Bulletin #24 and the procedures herein will be reviewed by the Essential Services Commissioner on an ongoing basis, and the Commissioner welcomes comments from stakeholders about these transitional procedures.

 

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 since 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.

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

Edmonton
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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