IATSE Local 212 v. Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited, August 17, 2021 (Alb. LRB)

The Alberta Labour Relations Board rendered this investigative report regarding the application for certification brought by IATSE Local 212 (the “Union”) against Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Limited (the “Employer”) in respect of stage employees to determine whether it ought to order a representation vote.

The Union and Employer were parties to a voluntary recognition collective bargaining agreement with a term of March 1, 2018 until February 28, 2021. On August 21, 2020, the Employer notified the Union that it intended to terminate its voluntary recognition of the Union as bargaining agent for its employees but would continue to abide by the terms of the collective agreement until it expired on February 28, 2021.

The Board concluded that the bargaining unit proposed by the Union was appropriate for collective bargaining, that the Employer was the true employer of the employees in dispute, that two employees ought to be excluded from the bargaining unit on the basis that they exercised managerial functions, that independent contractors and sole proprietors were not included in the bargaining unit, and that the membership evidence provided by the Union was sufficient.

Accordingly, the Board ordered a representation vote to determine the wishes of the affected employees.

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