All petitions must be filed with a showing of interest. A showing of interest is individual papers/cards from at least 30% of the employees in the bargaining unit. Each card must be signed, dated, and clearly state the desired outcome. A sheet of paper with multiple signatures will not be accepted.
Example – Sample language:
Yes, showing of interest cards can expire. Cards must be from the ‘current’ organizing campaign, and will be current only if they are dated less than one year before the date the petition is filed with PERC.
Yes, if you wish to organize a new bargaining unit:
A petition to organize and represent unrepresented employees can be filed at any time.
Yes, if the current contract has expired:
A petition can be filed at any time prior to the signing of a new contract.
No, if you wish to Change Representation or Decertify:
Employees covered by a current contract must file a petition to decertify or change unions during a 30 day “window period.” The 30 day window period is determined by the expiration date of the current contract.
No, if PERC has held an election in the last 12 months:
If PERC has issued a certification, no petition involving the same employees may be filed for 12 months from the date of the certification.
In a mail ballot, phone or online election…
In a cross-check…
No, a cross-check can only be conducted under certain circumstances.
A Cross-check may be conducted when:
A Cross-check may not be conducted:
An individual employee or small group of employees cannot file a petition to remove themselves from a larger bargaining unit. A petition to decertify must cover the entire unit as it currently exists.
A group of employees cannot force themselves upon a union and PERC cannot compel a union to represent a group of employees. Employees that wish to have a different union represent them must contact the union, and the petition to change representation must be filed by that union on behalf of the employees.