Decertification Law & Legal Definition


Decertification is a procedure used when an employee in the bargaining unit wishes to no longer be represented by the present bargaining agent. The employees may make an application to the labor board to have the bargaining rights terminated. This is often called a decertification application. A petition is collected by an employee (the Applicant ) who then files the petition with an application to the labor board.

Unions are not entitled to any grace period before an acquiring corporation can seek decertification or otherwise challenge the union’s legal status. Decertification is regulated by federal labor laws adminstered through the National Labor Relations Board, as well as state laws, which vary by state.