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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?  

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.


September 25, 2018 - Workplace Legislative Changes Conference:

CIRA North, the Alberta Labour Relations Board and Alberta Mediation Services have joined together to provide a one-day conference on September 25, 2018. The conference will address ALRB decisions in response to the recent changes in the Labour Relations Code, enhanced mediation pursuant to the first contract provisions contained in the Labour Relations Code and the impact of the recent changes to the Employment Standards Code.

The location will be the Chateau Louis, 11727 Kingsway NW, Edmonton.

Further particulars can be found here.


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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