FAQs

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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...
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.
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...
Can I submit my request for impasse services electronically? At this time, all requests for impasse services must be emailed to iaperb@iowa.gov using the form provided on our website under FORMS .
How do I initiate a new case? Depending on the type of case you need to initiate you will need to go to the FORMS section on the PERB website and fill out the correct form for your case type. Then the documents will need to be e-filed using PERB's eFlex system . If you do not already have an account you will need to request an...

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