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Representation Resources

For more information about representation case procedures, click the Representation Frequently Asked Questions.

Representation Reference Guides and Manual

Representation Case Law Outline (2013)(updated 08/08/17) – A comprehensive overview of representation case issues. A great starting place for easy-to-understand information about representation matters. 

Representation Case Handling Manual (2000) (corrected copy posted 02/20/15) – Detailed information about our procedures for processing representation petitions. 

Hearing Officer's Guide (2000) – Guide to our representation hearing procedures.

Training Resources

Check out the training page where you can find the schedule of upcoming trainings in various cities and links to representation training on “Impact of Reorganization on Bargaining Units” and “Statutory Exclusions from Bargaining Units.”  

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

We provide alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services to develop collaborative labor-management relationships, narrow the issues in petitions, and informally resolve representation disputes.

Tell the agent investigating your petition or your hearing officer if you are interested in ADR.  Or check out the ADR page to learn more about the FLRA’s various ADR programs.


Petition (Form 21)

Notice of Designation of Representative (Form 75)

Withdrawal Request (Form 43)

Petition for National Consultation Rights (Form 24)

Petition for Consultation Rights on Government-wide Rules or Regulations (Form 26)

Statement of Standard Procedures in Representation Hearings Before Hearing Officer (Document 1014)