Recognition Petition Law and Legal Definition

A recognition petition is a document filed by a union, group of employees, or management with the Federal Labor Relations Authority requesting an election to determine whether or not employees wish to be (or continue to be) exclusively represented by a given labor organization.

The following is an example of a contractual clause involving a recognition petition:

"An employee organization, which seeks to be formally acknowledged as an Exclusively Recognized Employee Organization representing the employees in an appropriate unit, shall file a petition with the Personnel Director containing the following information and documentation:

  1. Name and address of the employee organization.
  2. Names and titles of its officers.
  3. Names of employee organization representatives who are authorized to speak on behalf of the organization.
  4. A statement that the employee organization has, as one of its primary purposes, the responsibility of representing employees in their employment relations with the County.
  5. A statement whether the employee organization is a chapter of, or affiliated directly or indirectly in any manner with a local, regional, state, national or international organization, and, if so, the name and address of each such other organization.
  6. Certified copies of the employee organization’s constitution and bylaws.
  7. A designation of those persons, not exceeding two in number, and their addresses, to whom notice sent by regular United States mail will be deemed sufficient notice on the employee organization for any purpose.