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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.
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...
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...
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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