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The percentage of showing of interest needed is determined by the type of petition filed.  

  • Request for Recognition should be supported by a showing of interest of at least a majority of the employees in the proposed unit. 
  • Petition for Representation Election should be supported by a showing of interest of at least thirty percent of the employees in the unit or proposed unit. 
  • Petition for Decertification should be supported by a showing of interest by at least fifty percent of the employees in the unit.  
  • An employee organization may intervene and should be supported by a showing of interest of at least ten percent of the employees in the unit wish to be represented by the intervenor. 

This article explains how state law defines public employees.

This article explains how state law defines public employers.

  • Request for Recognition 

Can be filed at any time – it is seeking voluntary recognition by the employer for exclusive recognition for a bargaining unit that is not currently being represented. 

  • Petition for Amendment of Certification and a Petition for Clarification of Bargaining Unit  

Can be filed at any time – these two filings are altering or clarifying the composition of the bargaining unit or its representation in some way. 

  • Petition for Representation Election – Employee Organization  

Can be filed any time if seeking representation for an unrepresented bargaining unit. 

Can be filed from 120 days to 90 days of the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement or after the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement if seeking to be the exclusive representative of a bargaining unit already represented. 

  • Petition for Representation Election – Employer  

May be filed by the employer within 21 days of the employee organization’s filing of a Request for Recognition. 

  • Petition for Decertification Election  

Can be filed by an employee in the bargaining unit from 120 days to 90 days before the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement or after the expiration of the bargaining agreement.  
 

showing of interest is documentation supporting that the employees wish to be represented by the employee organization (union) or do not wish to be represented by the employee organization (union). 

Showing of interest can be in the following forms:  

  1. Original signed statements, with each signature dated not more than one year prior to the date of filing, including but not limited to cards and petitions, that clearly set forth the intent of the employee with respect to representation by the employee organization; or  
  2. Dues deduction authorizations or employer-verified dues deduction lists in effect as of the payroll period immediately preceding the filing of the request for recognition with the board; or 
  3. Current cash dues receipts.  

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