WHAT WE DO
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.
PERC maintains a database of qualified private arbitrators, provided in a limited list to parties who request a dispute resolution panel.
PERC staff travel statewide to provide free training to public employers and unions to help improve labor management relationships and expand knowledge of collective bargaining laws and processes.