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|ALBERTA LABOUR RELATIONS BOARD|
Proposed Amendments to Certification Introduced in Bill 2
Bill 2, An Act to Make Alberta Open for Business, received first reading on May 27, 2019. This Bill proposes amendments to the certification procedures of the Board that, if they come into force, would impact certification applications received by the Board on or after May 27, 2019. Bill 2 can be found at: https://www.assembly.ab.ca/ISYS/LADDAR_files/docs/bills/bill/legislature_30/session_1/20190521_bill-002.pdf.
The Board notes that, if these amendments come into force, any certificate granted by the Board without a representation vote, in any certification application received by the Board on or after May 27, 2019, will become void. The Board reminds parties to certification applications received by the Board on or after May 27, 2019 of the ability for the union to elect to proceed with a representation vote, even if applying with greater than 65% membership evidence, pursuant to section 34(9) of the current Code.
Board Member Appointments and Reappointments
The Board wishes to announce the appointment of four new Board Members to the Labour Relations Board.
The Board also wishes to announce the reappointment of the following members to the Board:
1. Brent Bish
Appointment of an Additional Part-Time Vice-Chair to the Labour Relations Board
The Board is pleased to announce the Government has appointed Ayla Akgungor as a part-time Vice-Chair with the Labour Relations Board. Effective January 1, 2019, the Labour Relations Board was made the appeal body for appeals under the Employment Standards Code. Ayla’s appointment is to assist the Board in hearing appeals of Employment Standards matters. Ayla has a substantial background in employment matters and is highly respected within the legal community. We look forward to Ayla working as a member of the Board.
Labour Relations Board Designated as the Employment Standards Appeal Body
On October 24, 2018 the Lieutenant Governor in Council issued an Order in Council designating the Labour Relations Board as the Employment Standards Appeal Body in accordance with section 69(1)(b) of the Employment Standards Code. The Order in Council is effective January 1, 2019 and the Labour Relations Board will commence hearing Employment Standards Appeals effective January 9, 2019.
ENHANCED MEDIATION RESULTS IN FIRST COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT – Division 14.1 First Contract Arbitration Provisions of the Labour Relations Code
**DIFFERENT RESPONSES BY DIFFERENT MEDIATORS
Pursuant to The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees v. Well Being Services (Millrise) Ltd.  Alta. L.R.B.R. BD-006 the Board ordered enhanced mediation as outlined in section 92.2(6)(c) of the Labour Relations Code. This Order was in response to an application by The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees for first contract arbitration. Terms of the Order were:
The Board shall be notified of any extensions of the time periods.
The parties were required to take the proposed agreement to ratification votes. On April 25, 2018, Mediator Howes advised both parties had ratified the proposed agreement.
** In the case of Canadian National Federation of Independent Unions affecting Parkland Community Living and Support Society, Mediator -Cheryl Yingst Bartel took a different approach than that of Mediator Howes. Follow this link to Cheryl Yingst Bartel's letter of August 15, 2018 explaining the process she followed.
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.
Amendments to Labour Legislation:
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