Official State of Iowa Website Here is how you know
Iowa Public Employment Relations Board

FAQs

Question Answer
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 happens when an employee organization is "decertified" as an employee representative following a decertification election? When an employee organization is decertified as a bargaining unit’s representative, its existing collective bargaining agreement with the employer is no longer binding or enforceable, and the public employer no longer has a duty to negotiate with that organization. If an employee organization is...
What is a contested case hearing? A "contested case" is a proceeding in which the legal rights, duties or privileges of a party have to be determined by an agency after an opportunity for an evidentiary hearing. Iowa Code § 17A.2(5) .
Can my case be settled without a hearing? Yes, a case can be settled by the parties prior to the hearing. If you want to settle, you should contact either the opposing party or the PERB case processor who can work to arrange a date and time for the parties to discuss a possible settlement of the case. If you have not been contacted by the...
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...
Who decides whether I win or lose at the hearing? There are several possible decision makers. Many hearings are held before Administrative Law Judges. Any decision from the Administrative Law Judge may be appealed to the agency itself. Or a hearing could be held before members of the agency that will decide your case. Whomever decides your case, a...
Do I need to hire a lawyer? No, you may represent yourself. You may hire a lawyer to represent you at your own expense, but you do not have to have a lawyer to participate in proceedings before the agency. You may also have a person who is not a lawyer attend the hearing and speak for you, unless the hearing concerns...

Pages

Printed from the website on May 19, 2024 at 3:02am.