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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.
- New Vice-Chair: We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ian Smith as a Vice-Chair with the Labour Relations Board. Ian Smith is a labour Lawyer, and Partner in the Edmonton office of Miller Thomson. He focuses primarily on labour relations and human rights law.
Ian has advised and represented employers on such matters as certification, revocation and unfair labour practice applications; union organizing campaigns, strikes and picketing; employment standards matters; workplace health and safety; and, human rights issues. He has experience in negotiating and administering collective agreements and representing employers in grievance and interest arbitrations. Ian has appeared before the Alberta Labour Relations Board and all levels of the Alberta courts. Before entering law, Ian worked for many years as a manager and equity advisor at the University of British Columbia. He has significant experience in harassment, discrimination and disciplinary matters in the workplace, particularly in the College and University setting.
- Supreme Court Decision on Privacy Legislation and Labour Disputes: The Supreme Court of Canada has issued its decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. UFCW, Local 401, an important decision for Alberta labour stakeholders concerning the impact of privacy legislation on picket line activity. The union was originally found to have breached Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”) by videotaping and photographing individuals crossing a picket line. The Supreme Court has found PIPA unconstitutional, violating the union’s right to freedom of expression by restricting collection of personal information for legitimate labour relations purposes. There is no finding about the specific conduct of the union in this case. The Court stresses the importance of expression in labour disputes, and PIPA does not permit the important labour relations context of expression to be balanced against privacy interests. PIPA is declared invalid, but the Court has suspended the declaration of invalidity for 12 months to permit the Legislature to consider PIPA as a whole in deciding how to best make it constitutionally compliant. The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner) v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401, 2013 SCC 62, can be found at: http://canlii.ca/en/ca/scc/doc/2013/2013scc62/2013scc62.html
- Newsletters: Read the Board's October newsletter - "What's New" - Back issues can be found here.