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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?  

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.

Order in Council #70/2019 appoints four new Board Members to the Labour Relations Board: Geoffrey Eustergerling, Raelene Fitz, Corinne Galway, and Darren Leclair.

The Board also wishes to announce the reappointment of the following members to the Board:

1. Brent Bish
2. Richard Eichel
3. Carol Graham
4. David Harrigan
5. Michael Kozielec
6. Albert Schuster
7. Dianne Wyntjes
8. Kristine Farkas
9. Lynda Flannery
10. Nancy Furlong
11. Thomas Hesse
12. Jacqueline Lacasse
13. Donna Neumann
14. Sharon Vogrinetz
15. Jennifer Burns
16. M.J. (Pemme) Cunliffe
17. William Kolba

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


Pursuant to The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees v. Well Being Services (Millrise) Ltd. [2017] 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:

If the Mediator cannot achieve a collective agreement within 30 days of the commencement of mediation (or within such further period as the Mediator and the parties agree), the Mediator shall file a report with the Board which report shall indicate:

  • matters resolved prior to mediation;
  • matters resolved in mediation;
  • matters outstanding;
  • the Mediator’s recommendations with respect to the outstanding matters.

The Board shall be notified of any extensions of the time periods.

Mediator Deborah Howes mediated with the parties throughout March 2018 and her efforts resulted in a proposed collective agreement which proposal consisted of:

  • terms agreed to by the parties prior to mediation;
  • terms agreed to by the parties during mediation; and
  • Mediator Howes’ recommended terms.

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 issuing her report, Mediator Howes provided an outline which she used to guide the enhanced mediation process.  Mediator Howes’ guidelines for enhanced mediation are attached.  Mediator Howe’s guidelines are not Board policy and are not binding on other enhanced mediations. The Board thanks Mediator Howes for her work and congratulates the parties on achieving a collective 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.


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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Conferences / Meetings  

  • This year’s Labour Arbitration and Policy Conference in Calgary will be taking place at The Westin Calgary Hotel from June 13-14, 2019. Pre- conference workshops will be taking place on June 13th. Here is a link to the brochure.
  • CIRA Dinner - May 27, 2019 - Topic: Responding to Discrimination and Harassment Complaints.