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Can I as an employee in a bargaining unit petition PERB to "decertify" my certified employee representative? If supported by at least 30% of the employees in the represented bargaining unit, an employee in the unit can petition PERB to hold a “representative decertification” election to determine whether the unit’s existing representative will be “decertified” and cease to be the unit’s bargaining...
I want out of the union; how do I do that? Initially, an employee in this situation needs to understand the concepts of the “bargaining unit” and how an employee organization becomes “certified” as the bargaining unit’s exclusive representative for purposes of collective bargaining with the public employer, discussed in the answer to the...
Can I as an individual employee petition PERB to "certify" a union to be my representative? No. Although a “bargaining unit determination” petition may be filed by a public employee, only an employer or an employee organization seeking to represent a bargaining unit can petition for a “representative certification” election. Consequently, an employee interested in being represented by an...
How does an employee organization become "certified" by PERB to represent a bargaining unit of employees? An employee organization becomes the legal representative of a bargaining unit by petitioning PERB to hold a secret-ballot election among the employees in that unit to see if they choose to be represented by that employee organization. Every employee who is employed in the bargaining unit on...
What rules govern PERB's electronic filing system? Chapter 16 of the Iowa Administrative Code governs PERB's e-filing system. The full text of the rules are available here.
Can anyone attend the hearing? Generally, hearings are open to the public and anyone may attend. The hearing may be closed to the public only if some specific provision of law allows the hearing to be closed. Sometimes the witnesses must wait outside the hearing room until they are called to testify, referred to as sequestration...
How do I request interest arbitration? If the parties do not resolve their impasse at mediation, either party may request arbitration services. This request can be made ten days after the effective date of the appointment of the mediator, which is the date of the mediation session. If the request is made early, PERB holds the request...
Where can I find a list of determined bargaining units? PERB maintains a list of determined bargaining units on our website. From the main page of our website, click on “ UNITS .” The list of bargaining units is organized alphabetically by employer name.
Do I have to file my documents electronically? Yes, all documents in adjudicatory hearings must be electronically filed unless exempted by PERB subrule 621-16.4(2)
How should I prepare for the hearing? The notice you receive will refer to the sections of Iowa Code chapter 20 and PERB rules (Iowa Administrative Code) that apply to your case. You should review those statutes and rules before the hearing. The hearing provides an opportunity for each party to call witnesses, cross examine the other...

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