What happens after the Regional Director has investigated the petition?

In a petition for an election, if the parties agree to the appropriateness of the unit, they may enter into an election agreement subject to the approval of the Regional Director.   See Section 2422.16 of the Regulations.

In any petition, if after an investigation, there is a material issue of fact or there is reasonable cause to believe a question concerning unit appropriateness exists, the Regional Director may issue a notice of hearing.  See Section 2422.30(b) of the Regulations.