REPRESENTATION ISSUES; CONTRACT BAR – In General
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1301.01000 – In General
The certification and contract bars are not mutually exclusive. The two bars may operate in tandem to consume the 29-day statutory window period near the end of an existing contract. The purpose of the recognition, certification and contract bars is to promote an environment in which a rapport between the exclusive representative and the employer can develop free from the uncertainty and disruption of rival organizational activities. It is only during the first year of a new exclusive representative's tenure that these bars can overlap to freeze out an attempted decertification.