The company will tell you not to sign the authorization card
The company will attempt to portray the authorization card as a legal document that makes you a member of the union and requires you to immediately begin paying dues—without the right to vote on a contract.
The TRUTH about signing the authorization card
In order to have a secret-ballot election, the Labor Board requires a “showing of interest” from the employees. The authorization card indicates your desire to be represented by the IBEW and is what is used to prove to the Labor Board that the employees are interested in forming a union for their mutual aid and protection. The company does not want you to sign an authorization card so an election can never be held!
The union is granted the legal authority to represent you
A contract is negotiated and voted on by you and your coworkers
An application for IBEW membership is completed