Decertification Elections Act Exposed

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The Decertification Elections Act is available on as the "The Public Employee Bargaining Unit Decertification Elections Act." The Act was adopted by ALEC's Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and approved by the ALEC Board of Directors on July 3, 2012. Language removed from the original bill is marked with strikethrough, words added are given in bold. (Accessed on 2/24/2016).

ALEC Bill Text


Workers are entitled to seek an election to determine if a majority of their coworkers want to drop union representation. Decertification elections allow workers to decide if and how they want to be represented by a union. This Act provides for worker choice by lowering the number of petition signatures necessary to trigger a decertification election and expanding the time in which a petition to decertify may be filed.

Model Legislation

{Title, enacting clause, etc.}

Section 1. {Definitions}

(A) “Petition to decertify” means a petition requesting the removal or substitution of a labor organization representative.

(B) “The Commission” refers to the state labor board or any body that oversees labor relations in the state.

(C) “Labor organization” refers to any association or organization of employees, and any agency, employee representation committee, or plan in which employees participate that exists, in whole or in part, to advocate on behalf of public employees about grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment, or conditions of work.

(D) “Majority of bargaining unit members” refers to over 51 50% percent of total members, not just those voting.

Section 2. {Petitions to Decertify}

(A) Upon the presentation of a petition requesting the removal of a labor organization representative or substitution of another representative, said petition bearing the signatures of 10 percent of the members of the bargaining unit, the Commission shall schedule an election no earlier than 30 days and no later than 60 days after the filing of the petition.

(B) If within 15 days after a petition to decertify a representative is filed with the Commission, a second labor organization files a petition to represent the same bargaining unit, bearing the signatures of 10 percent of the members of the bargaining unit, the labor organization named in the second petition shall be included on the ballot.

(C) A petition to decertify a representative may not be filed for a year after a representative is certified, but may be filed at any other time.

(D) If a representative fails to receive the support of a majority of bargaining unit members he or she shall be immediately decertified.

(E) All elections held pursuant to this section shall be held by secret ballot.

(F) “No representation” shall be included as an option on the ballot.

(G) In any election, if a labor organization other than the current representative receives the support of a majority of bargaining unit members, it shall be immediately certified as the representative by the Commission.

(H) If a majority of bargaining unit members indicates support for a representative as opposed to no collective representation, but no single labor organization receives the support of a majority of bargaining unit members, the Commission shall schedule a second election within 60 days, in which bargaining unit members may choose between the labor organization receiving the most votes and no representative.

(I) The Commission shall promulgate rules for the resolution of disputes regarding the filing of petitions for the removal and substitution of representatives, and the holding of elections, that are consistent with this section.

Section 3. {Severability Clause}

Section 4. {Repealer Clause}

Section 5. {Effective Date}