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Sections Overview

The agency is organized into the following sections:

Bureau of Mediation (MED) 

The MED section oversees implementation of the contract negotiation and impasse resolution procedures. Mediators, Fact Finders, and Conciliators are assigned based on the circumstances of each case. The Bureau reviews Notices to Negotiate and Strike Notices. The Bureau develops and coordinates labor-management cooperation training and facilitation for interest-based bargaining. 

Hearings Section 

The Hearings section conducts hearings to resolve disputes in cases involving issues arising from unfair labor practice charges, representation matters, and other issues under the Board’s authority. Cases are heard by one of SERB’s Administrative Law Judges.  

Representation (REP) 

The REP section reviews and processes petitions regarding aspects of representation, conducts mail ballot elections and makes recommendations to the Board.  

Research and Training (R&T) 

The R&T section maintains a computerized system of information regarding wages, fringe benefits, employment practices and collective bargaining agreements. This section is also responsible for SERB’s Annual Report, other publications, and training. 

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) 

The ULP section investigates unfair labor practice charges, non-compliance complaints, and jurisdictional work disputes. In some instances, it mediates cases before an investigation is complete.