On November 1, 2014, the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB) was created. The PSLREB was created when the Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (PSST) merged. This PSLRB website is in the process of being phased out in favour of the new PSLREB website. During a period of transition, this PSLRB website will continue to provide archived reports, decisions, and transitional information. Please visit the new PSLREB website for the most recent content.
The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) is an independent quasi-judicial statutory tribunal responsible for administering the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems in the federal public service, the Parliament of Canada and the Government of Yukon.
Section 13 of the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) sets out the mandate of the Public Service Labour Relations Board:
"The Board's mandate is to provide adjudication services, mediation services and compensation analysis and research services in accordance with this Act."
The federal public service includes the departments named in Schedule I of the Financial Administration Act, the other portions of the public service named in Schedule IV, and the separate agencies named in Schedule V.
On December 12, 2013, the Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 Act, No. 2 received royal assent. That Act amended the PSLRB's mandate to eliminate the compensation analysis and research function.
Also included in that Act are provisions to merge the PSLRB and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (PSST) into an organization to be called the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board (PSLREB). The new Board will deal with matters that were previously dealt with by those former Boards under the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Public Service Employment Act, respectively, which will permit proceedings under those Acts to be consolidated. Provisions to create the new Board will come into force on a date that has yet to be determined by Order in Council.
Until that time, the PSLRB and the PSST will continue to operate independently while working jointly and with other stakeholders to create the new PSLREB.
Part I of the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act (PESRA) is administered and applied by the Public Service Labour Relations Board.
Part I of PESRA gives employees of parliamentary institutions the right to form a union in order to negotiate collectively the conditions of their employment. It also gives these employees the right to lodge grievances concerning these conditions and, in certain cases, to refer these grievances to adjudication before a neutral third party.
PESRA covers employees working in the House of Commons, the Senate, the Library of Parliament, and the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.
Under an agreement with the Yukon government, the PSLRB administers the collective bargaining and grievance adjudication systems under the Yukon Education Labour Relations Act and the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Act. When performing these functions funded by the Yukon government, the PSLRB acts as the Yukon Teachers Labour Relations Board and the Yukon Public Service Labour Relations Board, respectively.