There are five different types of representation petitions: union representation petitions; written majority authorization petitions; union decertification petitions; employer-initiated petitions; and unit clarification petitions.
A showing of interest is the percentage of employees in a proposed or existing bargaining unit who are seeking union representation, a change in union representation, or decertification of the incumbent union.
Once the DLR determines that the petitioner has filed the appropriate showing of interest and there is no impediment to processing the petition, the DLR assigns a hearing officer to the case and issues a notice of hearing. Additional details are below.
When employees who wish to be represented by a union for the purpose of collective bargaining, an employee organization can seek to forego a DLR-run secret ballot election and can instead seek certification based on a written majority authorization.