FAQs

Question: Can my case be settled without a hearing?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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: Can I submit my request for impasse services electronically?

Answer:

No. At this time, all requests for impasse services must be mailed or hand-
delivered to PERB for filing.


Question: How would I find out the name of the employee organization as certified by PERB?

Answer:

A copy of the employee organization’s certification can be found on PERB’s
website under UNITS. The list is organized alphabetically by employer name.


Question: How would I find out what positions are in a bargaining unit?

Answer:

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


Question: I want to be represented by a union at my workplace. How do I make that happen?

Answer:

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


Question: How do I ask PERB to establish a "bargaining unit?"

Answer:

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


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