In order to assure employees the fullest freedom in
exercising the rights guaranteed by this law consistent with the joint
responsibilities of both the employer and the employees to serve the
public, the Panel shall decide an appropriate unit for the purposes of
collective bargaining in each case where certification is sought.
In determining an appropriate unit, the Panel shall take into consideration, but shall not be limited to, the following:
Community of interest;
The history of collective bargaining;
The desires of the employees;
The effectiveness and efficiency of labor management relations affected by the unit; and
The effects of over fragmentation and the effects on the efficiency of government operations.
The Panel shall not decide any unit is appropriate if such unit
includes both supervisors and non-supervisors, or such unit includes
both professional and nonprofessional employees, unless a majority of
such professional employees vote for inclusion therein. Supervisors or
professionals may be permitted to form their own separate homogeneous
This Section shall not be deemed to preclude multi-unit bargaining.