Question: 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.
Question: 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
Question: How do I request mediation services?
Parties must use the request form prescribed by PERB to request mediation
services. Either the employer or the certified employee organization may request mediation.
Question: What are the impasse procedure deadlines?
The parties can and should attempt to agree upon an independent impasse procedure that
meets their particular needs. If parties are using an independent impasse procedure, it
should be submitted to PERB along with the request for impasse services. However, if the
Question: 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
Question: 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