Series - Public service labour relations records

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Public service labour relations records

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    • 1960-2018 (Creation)

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    6.80 m of textual records

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    The Employee Relations Division was established in 1966 after the signing of the first collective agreement. It disbanded in 1996.

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    Human Resource Policy and Consulting was established in 1996. It disbanded with the Office in 2007.

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    The Public Service Commissioner Act established the Personnel Administration Office on April 7, 1959 (S.A. 1959, c. 69). Headed by the Public Service Commissioner, the Office was responsible for advertising vacancies in the Alberta public service; testing the qualifications of applicants; maintaining lists of eligible candidates for employment, reemployment, and promotion; preparing rules of procedure for recruitment and selection of employees by departments and other government agencies, and assisting and advising boards and commissions with recruitment, selection, and training; assisting and advising any agency of the government with regard to its staff organization; investigating and preparing reports regarding the staff organization in any agency; preparing classification and pay schedules for employees of departments and other government agencies, and preparing rules of procedures for classification and reclassification of positions and application of pay schedules; investigating and preparing reports on subsistence allowances, overtime and other nonwage payments to employees; preparing and keeping records of employment, attendance, qualifications, and salary of all government employees, and obtaining department reports on employee performance; preparing recommendations pertaining to regulations regarding sick leave, annual vacations, educational leave, and attendance; and assisting in the administration of the Public Service Act, the Public Service Pension Act, and the Temporary Provincial Employees Retirement Act.

    Beginning in 1962, the focus of the office changed as the government decentralized some human resources functions. At this time, a new Public Service Act assigned responsibility for creation of job-classification schedules and pay scales to Executive Council. The activities of the Personnel Administration Office were refocused towards the articulation of general personnel policy, the development and monitoring of standards and procedures, and the provision of government-wide labour planning and management advisory services.

    The Public Service Commissioner is also responsible for advising the minister responsible for the Public Service Act on matters regarding personnel legislation, regulations, policy and procedures, and the development of coordinated training programs across the civil service.

    The name of the Personnel Administration Office was changed to Corporate Human Resources in 2007 (SA 2007, c. 15, s. 2).

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    Human Resources Policy and Consulting was transferred from the Personnel Administration Office in 2007 and reorganized in that same year.

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    Labour and Employment Practices was established in 2007. It disbanded with the business unit in 2016.

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    The series consists of records related to managing labour relations within the Alberta public service. The files include correspondence, reports, collective bargaining agreements, reports, policies and procedures, surveys, and other records related to workplace interventions, workforce reduction, arbitration, collective bargaining, bargaining unit exclusions, job actions and strikes, wrongful dismissal, and codes of conduct.

    The series also includes case files pertaining to grievances, cases heard by the Labour Relations Board, as well as management conduct cases heard by the Board of Review.

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    The records were acquired through records schedules 1981/171, 1986/145, 1987/039, 1988/186, and 1999/025.


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        Subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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        Subject to the Copyright Act. Permission for use required.

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        Includes all or parts of accessions GR1981.0354, GR1986.0582, GR1989.0289, GR1990.0452, GR1991.0227, GR1991.0517, GR1993.0472, GR1996.0492, GR2001.0857, GR2007.0091, GR2010.0848, GR2010.0885, GR2010.0889, GR2010.0918, GR2010.0920, GR2010.0921, GR2010.0927, GR2010.0944, GR2010.0946, GR2011.0080, GR2011.0088, GR2011.0100, GR2011.0102, GR2011.0182, GR2011.0184, GR2011.0189, GR2011.0194, GR2012.0171, GR2012.0207, GR2012.0221, GR2013.0682, GR2013.0683, GR2013.0947, GR2013.0953, GR2014.1646, GR2014.1822, GR2014.1824, GR2015.0693, GR2016.1352, GR2016.1364, GR2017.0319, GR2017.0322, GR2017.0323, GR2017.0434, GR2017.0566, GR2017.0567, GR2017.0568, GR2017.0581, GR2017.0610, GR2017.0625, GR2018.1195, GR2018.1200, GR2019.0126, GR2019.0147, GR2019.0177, GR2019.0187, GR2019.0188, GR2019.0229, GR2019.0237, GR2019.0331, and GR2020.1221.

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            The scope and content is based on items on 1999/025.

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