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 would I find out what positions are in a bargaining unit? A copy of the employee certification order and any amendments can be found on PERB’s website under UNITS . The list is organized alphabetically by employer name. The order will list all positions included in the bargaining unit either by original order or by subsequent amendments.
What should I do if my filing is rejected? The notice of rejection sent to the user will identify why the filing was rejected. Fix the noted error and resubmit your filing. If you are unclear or need additional assistance, contact us at 515-281-4414. Please note that rejected filings do not become a part of the case file. When the user...
What if I am unable to attend a hearing? If you have a good reason for not being able to attend a scheduled hearing, you must immediately file a written request asking the presiding officer to continue the hearing to another date. You will need to state the specific reasons for the continuance. Iowa Administrative Code 621 – 2.5. If you...
I want to be represented by a union at my workplace. How do I make that happen? Two things must occur in order for public employees to be represented by a union. First, an appropriate group of employees of the public employer (a “bargaining unit”) must be established (determined) by PERB. Second, the employees in that bargaining unit must vote in favor of being represented by...
Can I file requests for impasse services, CEO annual reports and accompanying documents using PERB's e-filing system? Requests for impasse services must be emailed to iaperb@iowa.gov using the form provided on our website under FORMS . However, PERB annual reports and accompanying documents must be electronically filed using the agency's E-Flex system.
Can my witness testify at the hearing over the telephone? Most presiding officers will allow a witness to testify over the telephone at the hearing even if the hearing is held in-person. You need to inform the presiding officer before the hearing that you will have a witness by telephone, so that the hearing officer can arrange for a speaker phone. A...

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