Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC)
The Public Employment Relations Commission is a seven-member commission established by the New Jersey Employer - Employee Act as an independent neutral agency to foster harmonious public sector labor relations and to prevent and/or promptly settle labor relations disputes.
The Commission was created soon after public employees won the right to unionize in 1968. Two Commission members represent public employers, two represent employee organizations, and three represent the public. The Governor appoints the Chair, one of the public members. A staff of experienced labor relations neutrals are also used in mediation, fact-finding conciliation and interest and grievance arbitration. Public employers covered by the Act are the State, Counties, Municipalities, local school districts, public colleges and universities, charter schools and autonomous agencies, authorities, boards and commissions. Employees of PERC are considered State employees.