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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...
If I do not have a computer or scanner to file my documents, where can I go? We have a public access terminal for electronic filing located at PERB, 510 East 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319. Please note this public access terminal is available only during PERB's business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding state holidays. Public libraries...
What if a witness refuses to attend the hearing? You are entitled to have witnesses attend the hearing, either in person or by telephone, who know about facts that would help your case. If necessary, you can file a written request for the presiding officer to issue a subpoena to order the witness to attend. You should file a written request for a...
How do I ask PERB to establish a "bargaining unit"? A bargaining unit will be established by PERB as a result of a petition filed by a public employee, public employer, or employee organization. A public hearing to receive evidence concerning the makeup of an appropriate unit will be held by PERB unless the petitioner and public employer agree to...
As a certified employee organization, what reports must I file with PERB at the end of every fiscal year? The statutory annual reporting requirements for certified employee organizations are set out in Iowa Code section 20.25 and PERB rule 621-8.4(20).
What if my witness does not show up to the hearing? If your witness does not show up, you can ask the presiding officer to continue the hearing to another day. Or you could ask the hearing officer to “hold the record open” to allow the witness to testify at a later date. It is up to the hearing officer whether a continuance is granted or whether the...
Are there forms I can use to petition PERB to determine a bargaining unit? Yes. Petition and stipulation forms for unit cases can be found on PERB’s website under FORMS . Unit case filings must be electronically filed through eFlex .

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