No A-card. No Election. No Union.

Election Facts – The Significance of an A-card

Despite being turned down seven times in a row, union organizers once again are trying to convince Union Pacific dispatchers to give up their management status and join a union. Here are some facts about the organization process to keep in mind if you are approached by a union organizer.

For a union to obtain authority to represent UP dispatchers, it would have to prevail in an election conducted by the National Mediation Board (NMB). The NMB will not hold an election unless it is convinced a sufficient number of employees who are eligible to vote actually want an election.

To demonstrate to the NMB that a sufficient number of employees want an election, the organizers would have to submit “authorization cards,” commonly referred to as A-cards, signed by employees. The organizers would be required to present valid A-cards representing more than 50 percent of the pool of eligible voters.

  • If you have signed an A-card and then change your mind, you may cancel or revoke your authorization. You will have to provide a signed revocation to the person whom you gave your authorization to.

If organizers are able to present valid A-cards that the NMB finds represent more than 50 percent of the pool of eligible voters, then the NMB must authorize an election.

If you are repetitively approached to sign an A-card, it might be tempting to sign one just to stop the bombardment. But remember, doing so could result in an election and certification of a union even if you really prefer to remain management with all the associated benefits.

Bottom line - if you don’t want to join a union, the easiest and surest way to say so is to not sign an A-card.