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Representation Guidebook

This guidebook is intended for public employers, public employees, public employee organizations, and others interested in public employee collective bargaining within the jurisdiction of the Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB). 

It provides basic information concerning Chapter 4117 of the Ohio Revised Code and the related rules contained in Chapters 4117-1 through 4117-25 of the Ohio Administrative Code that provides the process and procedures governing a public employee’s right to join or refrain from joining any employee organization of their choosing for the purpose of bargaining collectively with their public employer.  

The Guidebook covers topics, such as: 

  • Detailed description of the types of petitions that can be filed 
  • The Representation investigatory process 
  • The mail-ballot election process 

This information is provided solely as an aid in understanding the concepts and procedures related to the subject matter. It is not an exhaustive treatment of the topic, nor can it be used as the basis for any action or legal position.