FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Completely fill out the appropriate form and submit it to our office either online or by mail.
Does PERC charge for their services
All our services are provided without charge.
Who can request PERC services?
The Commission only has authority over collective bargaining rights for public sector employees in Washington State including:
Public Utility Districts
Individual Home Care Providers
Adult Family Care Providers
Family Child Care Providers
Language Access Providers
PERC does not have authority over private sector employees, or non-collective bargaining issues.
If I can not request a PERC service who can I call?
Is there a time limit for filing an Unfair Labor Practice Complaint?
A complaint must be filed within 6 months from the date the complainant knew or should have known of the alleged violation.
Can my union or employer retaliate against me for filing a complaint?
It is illegal for a public employer or union to retaliate against a public employee who files a complaint or gives testimony at a PERC hearing.
What happens at a PERC hearing?
A hearing is similar to a trial before a judge. The PERC Examiner acts as an Administrative Law Judge. Parties must provide evidence through testimony of witnesses and exhibits regarding the disputed issues.
Will PERC represent me or provide me with an attorney?
No. PERC staff is strictly neutral and can only answer questions about rules and procedures, and cannot provide legal advice.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
You are not required to have an attorney. If you do not hire an attorney it is recommended that you:
- Study the statute and rules.
- Review your claims and evidence.
- Make your own decision whether to hire an attorney at your own expense.
Who can file a representation petition to select, change or remove a union?
- Labor organizations may file to be certified as the exclusive bargaining representative of a particular bargaining unit.
- Individual employees may only file to remove or decertify their existing bargaining representative.
- Employers may only file under limited circumstances as described in WAC 391-25-090.
What does PERC consider a labor organization?
A bargaining representative is any organization which has as one of its primary purposes to represent employees in collective bargaining.
If I have other questions, who should I contact?
This information is not intended to provide legal advice or counsel on any particular case or issue. It is designed to provide a general introduction to PERC. If you have questions about PERC procedures, you can call PERC at 360.570.7300.