What is an A-Card?

50percentThe authorization card or “A-card” is the legal document that permits a union to seek an election. A union must submit A-cards from at least 50 percent of the employees in the workgroup, signed within the prior year, before an election will be authorized by the NMB.

Choosing not to sign an A-card is an exercise of your legal rights. It is not true that the only way to voice your opinion is through an NMB election. When you choose not to sign an A-card, you are making an affirmative choice against representation by a third party and in favor of the direct relationship we enjoy today.

Know the risks and consequences of signing!

  • May trigger an election
    You may be told that signing an A-card merely means that you want “more information”. Not true! It authorizes the union to seek an election on your behalf.
  • Gives the union your personal information
    In addition to your name and employee number, the IAM’s card requests your address, phone number and email. Delta employees have previously reported uninvited home visits by IAM solicitors.
  • Is not confidential
    Unions are under no obligation to keep the information on your signed A-card confidential.
  • Belongs to the union
    If you change your mind, they have no obligation to return the A-card to you.
  • Valid for one year
    If you change your mind, you have to wait for up to a year for your signed A-card to expire.

Tips for handling aggressive solicitation

You should never sign an A-card to get someone off your back.
Solicitors of all kinds, including union organizers, can be very persistent. If you are not interested in signing an A-card, use these tips:
  • Say “no, thanks” and walk away. Don’t engage in the conversation unless you are interested.
  • Offer to take the card for review and further consideration but decline to provide a completed card right there on the spot.
  • Become familiar with your work group’s Advocacy Policy and use it – “You know, you shouldn’t be soliciting me in the aircraft.” If you experience violations of the Advocacy Policy, contact your leader.
  • If you are being harassed, intimidated, or bullied, contact your leader. Such conduct is in violation of Delta policy and will be investigated.
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