Labour Relations Code Review

Labour Relations Code Review

Alberta’s workplaces have changed a lot in the past 30 years, and we need to ensure our laws are up to date with today’s modern workplaces. In order to hear from Albertans and provide a fair, balanced and effective system, government is currently conducting a focused review of Alberta’s Labour Relations Code. We will consider a limited number of topics to make the code fairer, more balanced and effective.

Among the areas under consideration are:

  • Whether to mandate a Rand formula in collective agreements.
  • Assessing the processes used to let employees exercise their constitutional right to choose, change or cancel union representation in a timely and effective way.
  • The options available for dispute resolution in intractable disputes. This may include situations that involve unresolved first contracts, proven unfair labour practices, or the failure to maintain essential services that may lead to public emergencies.
  • Whether to broaden the Alberta Labour Relations Board’s mandate to enable adjudication of a wider range of workplace disputes.
  • Improving the Alberta Labour Relations Board’s powers, procedures and remedial options with a view to more timely dispute resolution, flexibility in the use of mediation, and available remedies reflective of labour relations realities.

The Alberta government is conducting this review. A third-party expert, labour lawyer, arbitrator and former Labour Relations Board Chair Andrew Sims, QC, has been engaged to provide advice and support the review of the Labour Relations Code. To see the full scope of the review, read Mr. Sims’ mandate.

To provide feedback on the Labour Relations Code, send your written comments by April 18, 2017 to:

Workplace Legislation Feedback
c/o Workplace Policy and Legislation
Alberta Labour
7th Floor, 10808–99 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 0G5

Modified: 2017-03-13
PID: 15624