The Board and its Duties

The Public Employment Relations Board itself is composed of five members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the State Senate. Board members are appointed to five-year terms, with the term of one member expiring at the end of each calendar year. In addition to the overall responsibility for administering the EERA, Ralph C. Dills Act, HEERA, MMBA, TEERA, IHSSEERA, Trial Court Act and Court Interpreter Act, the Board itself acts as an appellate body to hear challenges to proposed decisions that are issued by PERB staff. Decisions of the Board itself may be appealed under certain circumstances, and then only to the state appellate courts. The Board, through its actions and those of its staff, is empowered to:

  • conduct secret ballot elections to determine whether or not employees wish to have an employee organization exclusively represent them in their labor relations with their employer;
  • prevent and remedy unfair labor practices and interpret and protect the rights and responsibilities of employers, employees and employee organizations under the Acts;
  • bring action in a court of competent jurisdiction to enforce PERB's decisions and rulings;
  • take such other action as the Board deems necessary to effectuate the purposes of the Acts it administers.

    The current members of the Board are: