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Unfair Labor Practice Guidebook

This guidebook is intended for public employers, public employees, public employee organizations, and anyone with an interest 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 acts that can be considered unfair labor practices. The description of those acts that can be considered unfair labor practices by the public employer are listed in Ohio Revised Code 4117.11(A) and those acts that can be considered unfair labor practices by the public employee are listed in Ohio Revised Code 4117.11(B).  

The Guidebook covers topics, such as: 

  • Conduct that can be considered an unfair labor practice by the public employer and by the employee organization; 
  • How to file and unfair labor practice charge; and 
  • The unfair labor practice investigatory 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.