Guidance on Proper Descriptions of Bargaining Units and Identification of Parties to the Collective Bargaining Relationships in Certifications
PART I. Significance of Certifications of Representative
The certification of representative is the formal document issued by a Regional Director that certifies that a labor organization has been selected as the exclusive representative by a majority of the employees in an appropriate unit who cast valid ballots in a secret ballot election. Once a labor organization is certified, the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute (Statute) requires an agency to recognize a labor organization for the purposes of collective bargaining about matters affecting the bargaining unit employees' conditions of employment. The certified union also is required to represent all employees in the bargaining unit without discrimination and without regard to membership in the union.
The bargaining unit sets the stage for the entire collective bargaining process. Maintaining accurate and current certifications is the only way in which the parties to an exclusive bargaining relationship can ensure that the bargaining unit continues to be appropriate and accurately reflects the parties to the bargaining relationship. The Statute includes provisions to clarify or amend any certification relating to the representation of employees in a bargaining unit. Implementing regulations are set forth in Part 2422 of the Authority's Regulations.