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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?  


Ulysses (Uly) Currie

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of former Board Member, Ulysses (Uly) Currie. Uly served as a Board Member with the Alberta Labour Relations Board from 2001 to 2005 before joining the Government of Alberta as Deputy Minister of Employment, Immigration and Industry. Uly previously had a long and distinguished career with the Edmonton Police Service, ultimately heading up West Division.  A celebration of Uly’s life has been planned for Friday, September 20, 2019 in the Quartz Room of the Matrix Hotel, 10640 100 Ave NW, Edmonton, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.



Employment Opportunities - Labour Relations Officers

The Board has commenced recruitment for full-time Labour Relations Officers in both the Edmonton and Calgary office. The job posting may be found on the Government of Alberta Jobs Board.


Andrew C.L. Sims, Q.C. Announced as the 2019 Recipient of the W.P. Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement as Labour Mediator:

This award was created to honour the memory of the late William Patrick Kelly for his outstanding contribution to Canada's industrial relations community.  As "Canada's Chief Mediator", Mr. Kelly had a profound impact on mediation services and was highly respected by his peers.  He was often called upon by governments to help resolve the most difficult labour disputes. The award created in his memory is presented once every two years to a mediator who embodies the qualities Mr. Kelly demonstrated during his impressive career in Canada's public service.

The purpose of the Award is to recognize an individual who has an outstanding record of contribution to mediation/conciliation and who has demonstrated his or her abilities through a sustained record of resolving difficult labour disputes in Canada

The Criteria used by the selection committee are the actual accomplishments of the individual demonstrating:  success in resolving difficult labour disputes; success in promoting and advancing the profession; respect for the collective bargaining process, objectivity, professionalism, ethical practice and commitment to continuous professional development.

Past recipients of the W.P. Kelly Award include Vince Ready and George Adams.

The Award is to be presented to Andy on September 19, at the dinner for the 2019 National Industrial Relations Conference in Ottawa. 

Congratulations Andy!


Amendments to Labour Legislation:

The Labour Relations Code has undergone a number of amendments between 2017 and 2019, made by:

  • The Act to Enhance Post-secondary Academic Bargaining, SA 2017, c 4;
  • The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act, SA 2017, c 9;
  • The Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Amendment Act, 2017, SA 2017, c 11;
  • The Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, SA 2019, c 8.

As amendments to the Labour Relations Code come into effect, the most up-to-date amended Code can be found on the Queen’s Printer website.  A link to the Code can be found here found here

The Board has published new and revised Information Bulletins outlining the Board’s procedures for various new types of applications, which can be found below.  For any new type of application not specifically dealt with, applicants should follow the Board’s Information Bulletin #2 generally, and the Director of Settlement will advise the parties of any further requirements.

The Board’s Rules of Procedure and Voting Rules have been updated.

Additional Information Bulletins and the Board’s Policy and Procedure Manual will be further updated to reflect changes to the legislation and the Board’s new procedures.  Until that updating process is completed, please note the legislation governs in the event of any inconsistency.

The Board thanks the community for its understanding as these changes are implemented.  Watch this space for Bulletins and other changes as they are published.



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