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Filing a Representation Petition What is a Representation Petition Handles and resolves all issues concerning the representation of employees by a Labor Organization Processed by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) for Federal employees

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what is a representation petition
What is a Representation Petition
  • Handles and resolves all issues concerning the representation of employees by a Labor Organization
  • Processed by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) for Federal employees
  • National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for Private Sector and DC Government employees.
types of representation petitions
Types of Representation Petitions
  • Election Petition (RO)
  • Clarification of Unit (CU)/Amendment of Certification (AC)
    • name change
    • accretion
    • successorship
  • Unit Consolidation (UC)
  • Decertification
standing to file a petition
Standing to File a Petition
  • A labor organization
  • Two or more labor organizations
  • An agency
  • An individual
what to file
What to File
  • Petitions are filed using the FLRA Form 21
  • Download from:

flra.gov/forms/forms.html

purposes of a petition
Purposes of a Petition
  • Election Petition
    • To request
      • an election to determine if employees in an appropriate unit wish to be represented for collective bargaining by an exclusive representative
      • An election to determine if employees in a unit no longer wish to be represented for the purpose of collective bargaining by an exclusive representative
purposes of a petition cont d
Purposes of a Petition (cont’d)
  • Clarification of Unit Petition
    • To clarify and/or amend a recognition or certification in effect.
  • Unit Consolidation Petition
    • To consolidate two or more units in an agency
completing flra form 21
Completing FLRA Form 21
  • #1 Statement of Purpose (Consolidated Unit Election)

– AFGE is requesting an election to represent and add-on all [professional/nonprofessional/nurses] of the [VAMC, Nashville, TN] to its existing nationwide consolidated bargaining unit. [(Ref # ------) (uc), (date)]

completing flra form 21 cont d
Completing FLRA Form 21 (cont’d)
  • Statement of Purpose (CU)
    • Clarification of Unit – to clarify the bargaining unit status of all employees of the [VA OPC, Boston, MA], to be included in the existing AFGE consolidated bargaining unit.
    • To clarify the existing AFGE bargaining unit, to include all Human Resources Assistant, of the [VAMC, Boston, MA].
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Completing FLRA Form 21(cont’d)
  • Statement of Purpose (Name Change)
    • Requesting to amend the certification in effect, for the unit formerly recognized as [unit description], to reflect the following unit description: [new unit name/description].
  • Statement of Purpose (Unit Consolidation)
    • To consolidate (#) units of professional and nonprofessional employees of the Dept of Economic Development, represented by the AFGE and its Locals, and certify AFGE as the exclusive representative.
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Completing FLRA Form 21 (cont’d)
  • #2- Description of Unit(s)
  • Included: All professional/nonprofessional] employees of the [name and location of unit].
  • Excluded: All supervisors, management officials, and employees as described in 5 U.S.C. 7112(b) (2) (3) (4) (6) and (7).
completing form 21 cont d
Completing Form 21 (cont’d)
  • #3 – Number of employees in affected unit
    • Currently
    • Proposed
  • #4 – Petition supported by at least
    • 30% showing of interest
    • 10% evidence of membership
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Completing Form 21 (cont’d)
  • #5a – Petitioner
    • AFGE (for new units)
    • AFGE/Local
  • Petitioner Contact
    • [Your name, address & phone #]
other contents of form 21
Other Contents of Form 21
  • Name & mailing address of agency and agency contact
  • Other Labor organization, and contact information
  • Date of Recognition/Certification and expiration of current agreement (if applicable)
  • Signature of petitioner, and date of petition
where do i file
Where do I File
  • With Regional Director (RD) of FLRA region where unit is located
  • For nationwide units file with FLRA region of the agency headquarters
service requirement
Service Requirement
  • An original and two copies of petition w/attachments to the RD
  • Petition only to agency and other labor organization, if applicable
  • *30% Showing of Interest
  • *Alphabetical Listing of showing
  • Certificate of Service

*for election petitions only

common mistakes
Common Mistakes
  • Statement of Purpose unclear
  • Missing or unclear unit description
  • Missing size of current or proposed unit
  • Wrong petitioner
  • Missing activity contact information
  • Unsigned petition
  • Not sent to M&O for review and designation of rep.
defective petitions
Defective Petitions
  • No showing of interest
  • No statement of purpose
  • No unit description
  • Missing size of proposed unit
  • No affected parties identified