Public employees in Washington State have the right to be organized. PERC conducts representation elections to determine if public employees want to be represented by a union.
The Public Employment Relations Commission conducts several types of mediation: contract mediation, grievance mediation, and settlement mediation.
Some of the disputes between public employers and employees are handled through a formal hearing process. All PERC hearings are initiated by one (or more) parties through filing an appropriate form.