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Join a Security Guard Union in ALABAMA

If your looking to join a Security Guard Union in Alabama please fill out the join a security guard union form below and a United Federation LEOS-PBA security guard union representative will be in contact with you shortly.

Sec. 7. [§ 157.] Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 8(a)(3) [section 158(a)(3) of this title].

Employee Rights

Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are afforded certain rights to join together to improve their wages and working conditions, with or without a union.

Union Activity

Employees have the right to attempt to form a union where none currently exists, or to decertify a union that has lost the support of employees.

Examples of employee rights include:

  • Forming, or attempting to form, a union in your workplace;

  • Joining a union whether the union is recognized by your employer or not;

  • Assisting a union in organizing your fellow employees;

  • Refusing to do any or all of these things.

  • To be fairly represented by a union


Activity Outside a Union

Employees who are not represented by a union also have rights under the NLRA.  Specifically, the National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of employees to engage in “concerted activity”,  which is when two or more employees take action for their mutual aid or protection regarding terms and conditions of employment.  A single employee may also engage in protected concerted activity if he or she is acting on the authority of other employees, bringing group complaints to the employer’s attention, trying to induce group action, or seeking to prepare for group action.

A few examples of protected concerted activities are:

  • Two or more employees addressing their employer about improving their pay.

  • Two or more employees discussing work-related issues beyond pay, such as safety concerns, with each other.

  • An employee speaking to an employer on behalf of one or more co-workers about improving workplace conditions.

Who is covered?

Most employees in the private sector are covered by the NLRA. However, the Act specifically excludes individuals who are:

  • employed by Federal, state, or local government

  • employed as agricultural laborers

  • employed in the domestic service of any person or family in a home

  • employed by a parent or spouse

  • employed as an independent contractor

  • employed as a supervisor (supervisors who have been discriminated against for refusing to violate the NLRA may be covered)

  • employed by an employer subject to the Railway Labor Act, such as railroads and airlines

  • employed by any other person who is not an employer as defined in the NLRA


State Security Licensing Authorities:


he state of Alabama requires security guards to be licensed; this licensing includes training that must be completed prior to an Alabama unarmed security license being issued. The Alabama unarmed security licenses are issued for the amount of four years; during this time, there is a requirement for a yearly refresher course to be taken. This licensing will open up opportunities in the security sector both public and private for the unarmed security guard in the state of Alabama. There will also be other requirements that need to be fulfilled such as:

  • The applicant must hold a high school diploma or an equivalency certification.

  • The applicant must have a valid Alabama driver’s license.

  • Any person applying for an unarmed security guard license in Alabama must be at least 18 years of age.

  • The applicant will submit to a background check.

  • The applicant will submit fingerprints.

  • To be approved for an Alabama unarmed security guard licenses; there can be no felony convictions or certain misdemeanor offenses.

  • A social security number must be provided.

The state requires a written form to be filled out both front and back providing all the information asked for to be issued an unarmed security guard license in the state of Alabama. This form will require personal information, fingerprints and other information. There will also need to be proof supplied that there has been training at a state certified training facility, which is required prior to applying for the license. The training that will be provided will include:

  • Training in legal and ethical issues.

  • The use of limited force

  • How to properly report to authorities

  • Write proper written reports

  • How to deal with medical emergencies including first aid and CPRl

  • How to deal with fire emergencies

  • Crowd control

  • Detainment of suspects

The training provided by the Alabama state certified facility would enable the unarmed security guard to work in the security sector and to competently report to officials in written reports. The unarmed security guard will have training in the proper handling of emergency situations and crowd control during an emergency should one arise while they are on duty. Trainees will also learn the importance of properly writing reports and the format used. This training and being issued an Alabama unarmed security guard license will qualify this person to be employed in the security sector in many areas:

  • Libraries

  • Schools

  • Colleges

  • Public buildings

  • Hotels

  • Apartment complexes

  • Parks

  • Malls

There are other types of employment in the security sector that the unarmed security guard will be qualified to fill after their state certified training and their license has been issued. The types of employment this licensed unarmed security guard will work in will not require them to carry a firearm. In order to carry a firearm there is more extensive training required and weapons training, so that the security guard would be able to qualify for a weapons license.


The state of Alabama requires a state license for any person seeking employment as an armed security guard. There are certain requirements in the state of Alabama to qualify for an armed security guard license in order to work as an armed guard. This includes training at a state certified training facility for the amount of hours required by the state and weapons training. These requirements are:

  • Armed security guards must be at least 21 years old.

  • A valid Alabama driver’s license is required.

  • A state pistol license will be needed when applying

  • A high school diploma or an equivalency certificate

  • A written questioner must be filled out, both front and back.

  • The required amount of hours of training at a state certified facility must be completed.

  • A social security number is requested.

  • The applicant will submit to a background check.

  • The applicant will submit to fingerprinting.

  • The applicant will have no felony convictions or serious misdemeanor offenses.


The armed security guard is required to have a higher amount of training than the unarmed security guard, since they will be armed with a weapon. This due to the fact this applicant will have a greater insurance risk and have more responsibilities. The training that is needed will be done at a state certified facility and a weapons license from the state of Alabama would also be required. The training will include:

  • There will be training in legal and ethical issues.

  • Training in the state laws involving the use of force.

  • How to deal with medical emergencies including CPR.

  • How to deal with fire emergencies.

  • Weapons training, including target and marksmen training

  • Legal issues and use of force

  • Limited types of arrest

  • Detainment of suspects

  • Proper written reports

The training that will be provided at an Alabama state certified facility would prepare the armed security guard to perform duties in many different settings in the security sector. This training will also prepare the applicant to be issued an armed security guard license and a weapons license. Training will include preparing the applicant for medical and fire emergencies, detaining criminal suspects and reporting properly to authorities.

After the applicant secures the armed security guard license, they can be employed in the security sector, in many areas. Armed security guards are trained to work in:

  • State and government offices

  • Schools and colleges

  • Medical facilities

  • Libraries

  • Banks and financial institutions

  • Armored vehicles

  • Airports, bus and train stations

  • Security for housing and apartment areas

  • Private security for individuals


These are some of the areas the Alabama licensed armed security guard will find employment. The license the armed security guard carries and their weapons license will need to be renewed every four years. There will also be requirements to keep the licensing up to date with yearly refresher courses in both security training and weapons qualifications.

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