Why file a representation petition?

A representation petition is filed to resolve any matter relating to the representation of employees.  Under section 7102 of the Statute, each employee has the right to "form, join or assist any labor organization" and section 7111 provides for agency recognition of labor organizations that have been chosen by a majority of employees in an appropriate unit.  If employees want a labor organization to represent them in labor relations matters, a representation petition form (FLRA FORM 21) is filed with a Regional Office.  Once recognition has been granted, a petition is used to clarify or amend the recognition as necessary, e.g., agency reorganization.  The Certification Checklist can assist you in determining if a petition should be filed.  Upon the filing of a petition, the Regional Office begins case processing.