ULFA Issues Notice to Bargain Essential Services Agreement

On April 30th, 2024, ULFA issued notice to the Board to commence negotiations for an Essential Services Agreement (ESA). The ULFA ESA negotiating team includes Robert Williams (Health Sciences), Tony Montina (A&S), and is headed up by Rob Sutherland (A&S). On May 6th, 2024, the Board responded and indicated their negotiating team would be the same as at the main collective bargaining table.

An ESA, or an exemption for one, is required for any public sector job action in Alberta. It is negotiated between the parties and outlines which job duties must be exempted to protect life and limb and to maintain the rule of law. ULFA and the Board have signed two ESA’s since the legislation came into force. The most recent one is here.