Another update: A chicken writes in the comments:
For those who think the bargaining unit is inappropriate, I do think that individuals — not just the Admin. — have a formal right to object.
“Interested persons may notify the Board Agent of their specific objections. Such objections must also be served on the petitioner. Upon good cause shown, the Board Agent may call an interested person as a witness.” OAR 115-025-0030 (2)(e)
Lots more on the ERB’s rules and procedures http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_100/oar_115/115_025.html.
See e.g. OAR 115-025-0065(7) and OAR 115-025-0045 on hearings held in response to objections.
More still at http://www.oregon.gov/ERB/StatutesRules.shtml
I emailed Sandra Elliot at the ERB and she clarified this somewhat:
And it is correct “interested persons” may file objections . . . and MUST serve them on the petitioner. Most of the “objections” I am hearing are that people want an election and there is a process for that (see OAR 115-025-0075). If valid objections are filed this case will be assigned to an administrative law judge to resolve objections relating to the composure of the bargaining unit, etc.
And she then sent this:
If there is a “group” that can agree on a specific objection or objections perhaps a brief statement of the objection and then signatures (dated of course). Then a copy to the petitioner so it will be considered “served.” It would be best if they were in writing and hand-delivered or US Mail. That said, individuals could do a letter to ERB and copy the petitioner, but if the volume of paper can be kept to a minimum it would be nice. You might also give a copy to Mr. Geller’s office so he will be aware of what objections are out there.
We have no examples because usually the only interested party is the employer. Like I said above, the simplest format would be a brief statement and then signatures of those who support the objection.
Update: The ERB tells me that only the administration can object to the composition of the proposed bargaining unit, but they add:
You could certainly make your thoughts known to your employer. While we would put any comments we receive in the file, it is up to the employer to address the objections.
If anyone hears of the administration preparing an objection, please post a comment. I have public records requests in to UO and OUS for docs showing if they have hired consultants/lawyers to help write an objection, etc. This is not the sort of thing they would trust Randy Geller to do competently.
3/20/2012. Full pdf here.