Creating a Pro-active Labor Relations Environment - Part Seventeen in a Series: Significance of Authorization Cards

Signed authorization cards generally have two uses:

  • They are used by the union to obtain National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) general election to determine if the majority of employees want a union. If 30% or more of the employees sign authorization cards, the union can petition the NLRB for an election to determine if a majority of employees want a union.  
  • They are used by a union to demonstrate to management that a majority of the employees chose to have the union as their recognized bargaining agent. If 50% plus 1 of them employees sign the cards, the union can demand that the company recognize it as the exclusive bargaining representative of the employees. If recognition is granted, no election will be held.

If a company elects to reject the demands and chooses not to have an election the union can then:

  • Request and NLRB election;  
  • Call an immediate strike for recognition; or
  • Request the NLRB to order the company to bargain with it based on its majority support.

In addition to the ideas discussed above, creating a pro-active work environment should also include the components to be discussed in upcoming blogs as part of a comprehensive strategy.

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