FAQs

Question: Are there forms I can use to petition PERB to determine a bargaining unit?

Answer:

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.


Question: How does PERB determine what constitutes an appropriate "bargaining unit"?

Answer:

Deciding which employees should be included in a bargaining unit is a case-by-case
determination in which PERB applies the criteria listed in section 20.13 of the statute to the
particular circumstances of the case.  What might be determined to be an appropriate


Question: How does an employee organization become "certified" by PERB to represent a bargaining unit of employees?

Answer:

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


Question: Can I as an individual employee petition PERB to "certify" a union to be my representative?

Answer:

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


Question: I’m represented by a union at my workplace, but don’t want to be. What can I do?

Answer:

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.
 


Question: Can I as an employee in a bargaining unit petition PERB to "decertify" my certified employee representative?

Answer:

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


Question: What happens when an employee organization is "decertified" as an employee representative following a decertification election?

Answer:

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


Question: I want out of the union; how do I do that?

Answer:

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


Question: Where can I find collective bargaining agreements?

Answer:

PERB maintains more recent (2010-present) contracts on its website. Click on the
"Searchable Database" link found in the upper right hand corner on our website’s main


Question: Where can I find old PERB decisions?

Answer:

To search for prior PERB decisions, click on “Searchable Database” link from
the main page.  Select “Iowa PERB and Court Decisions” as the database and conduct


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