Labour relations involves the relationship between employers and employees in unionized workplaces, or those that may become unionized, and the laws that may affect these workplaces. This includes the processes and rules associated with collective bargaining.
The government provides a fair and balanced framework for labour relations and the resolution of disputes. Along with the development of policy and analysis of labour relations trends and issues, the government provides facilitation and education, dispute resolution services and collective bargaining information.
Unions and employers negotiate with the aim of reaching or renewing a collective agreement covering the terms and conditions of employment.view collective bargaining agreements
Mediation Services appoints mediators and arbitrators to assist employers and unions in resolving disputes.learn more about dispute resolution
Labour relations legislation governs employers, trade unions and employees in Alberta.learn more about the legislation
Information, reports and statistics about collective bargaining.view complete list of publications
Labour Relations Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for mediation?
The Director will then appoint a mediator from a Designated Mediation Roster. The government pays for the first two calendar days of mediation. After the second day, the costs are shared equally by the parties involved in the mediation. The mediator’s fees and expenses are paid according to the Fee Schedule.
To apply for the appointment of a mediator, complete the Mediation Application Form and submit it, along with the supplemental information requested, by email or mail to the address on the form.
How do I apply for the appointment of an arbitrator to resolve a grievance?
How do I file a collective agreement with the government?
The Labour Relations Code requires each of the parties to a collective agreement to file a copy of the collective agreement with the Director of Mediation. To file a collective agreement, please submit a copy in pdf form by email.
What services does the government provide to help resolve disputes?
The government appoints mediators and grievance arbitrators upon request by either or both parties. See Mediation Services.
Labour Relations Quick Links
Contact Mediation Services
310‑0000 followed by 780‑427‑8301 (toll free) 780‑427‑8301 in Edmonton
Who do I contact about...
- Hours of work
- Maternity and parental leave
- General holidays and general holiday pay
See Employment Standards for more information.
Visit the Alberta Labour Relations Board for more information about:
- Certification and revocation of bargaining rights
- Strikes and lockouts
- Prohibited practices
- Duty of fair representation