Representation:  Public Employee Representation/Challenge


An employee organization may petition to challenge an incumbent organization as the  exclusive representative for public employees in an existing appropriate unit under the Minnesota Public Employment Labor Relations Act for an appropriate unit of employees by filing the following documents with the Bureau:

  1. Petition for Representation Election.

  2. Providing a copy of its constitution or bylaws which conform to Minn. Stat. 179A.03, subd. 6, and Minnesota Rules Part 5510.0410, subpart 1(A).

  3. Filing valid authorization cards signed and dated by at least 30 percent of the employees within the proposed unit in accordance with Minnesota Rules Part 5510.0810 (see sample below).

Upon receipt of all completed documents, an investigation will be initiated and if necessary a public hearing will be held to secure testimony and/or evidence pertinent to the request. If the proposed bargaining unit is found to be appropriate and timely and is supported by the required showing of interest (Minn. Rules 5510.0310, Subp. 20), an election will be conducted by the Bureau to determine whether eligible employees wish to be exclusively represented by the petitioning employee organization. In order to be certified as an exclusive representative a majority of eligible employees who vote in the election must cast ballots in support of the petitioning employee organization.

Questions concerning procedures for filing a certification petition may be directed to:

Janet Johnson - 651-649-5426 - janet.johnson@state.mn.us

SAMPLE AUTHORIZATION CARD

Name of Employee Organization _________________________________

Address of Employee Organization _______________________________

I hereby authorize (Name of Employee Organization) to represent me in matters relating to my terms and conditions of employment.

PRINT: _____________________________________________
                First Name                 Middle Initial                  Last Name

(Optional) ___________________________________________
                  Address

(Optional)___________________________________________
                   City                               State                Zip Code

(Optional) ___________________________________________
                    Department/Division                           Job Classification

___________________________
Signature

___________________________
Date Signed