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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?  


Appointment - Chair of the Alberta Labour Relations Board

William Johnson,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Vice-Chair William J. Johnson, Q.C. as the new Chair of the Board.

Bill officially takes over as the 9th Board Chair on November 1, 2016.

Please join us in welcoming Bill to this position!

A Press Release can be found here.


Website Access:

Due to Disaster Recovery testing the ALRB website will not be available Friday, November 11, 5:00 PM to Sunday, November 13 at 5:00.


Essential Services

Umpire Roster

Link to the Umpire Registry for Essential Services here.


The Essential Services Commissioner has approved a transitional version of Information Bulletin #24 concerning Essential Services.  This Information Bulletin discusses the responsibilities of parties governed by the essential services Division of the Labour Relations Code and the procedures established by the Commissioner for applications and filings under that Division.  Information Bulletin #24: “Essential Services (transitional)” can be found by following this link (ed. Please note one minor amendment at the last paragraph of Section II -- July 5, 2016).

The Board’s Rules of Procedure have been amended to add rules 44 to 47 dealing with essential services applications.  In most circumstances, the existing rules of the Board will apply to proceedings by the Commissioner.  The amended Rules of Procedure can be found by following this link.

The use of mandatory forms is required for applications for exemptions, replies to applications for exemptions, and to submit an essential services agreement for filing.  The mandatory forms for an Application for Exemption, Reply to Application for Exemption, and Joint Submission of Essential Services Agreement for Filing can be found by following these links.  Further discussion about the process for submitting an essential services agreement for filing can be found in section VI of Information Bulletin #24.

Amended versions of the Labour Relations Code and the Public Service Employee Relations Act, incorporating amendments dealing with essential services, can be found be following these links.

Information Bulletin #24 and the procedures herein will be reviewed by the Essential Services Commissioner on an ongoing basis, and the Commissioner welcomes comments from stakeholders about these transitional procedures.



Hearing Rooms

On March 3rd, 2016, hearing rooms at the Edmonton and Calgary Board offices were renamed to honour past Chairs of the Board. Gerald A. Lucas, Q.C. and Robert J.W. Blair now have hearing rooms named after them. Previous hearing rooms have been renamed and the list of the rooms appear below for your reference. The new hearing room names will take effect on April 1, 2016.

Sims Room (Main Hearing Room) will become the McBain Room
McBain Room (2nd Hearing Room) will become the Blair Room

Dubensky Room (Main Floor Hearing Room) will become the Sims Room
d’Esterre Room (Main Floor) will become the Lucas Room
Board Caucus Room on Main Floor will become the Dubensky Room
Board Caucus Room on the 4th Floor will become the d’Esterre Room



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