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Join a Security Guard Union in ARKANSAS

If your looking to join a Security Guard Union in Arkansas 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

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State Security Licensing Authorities: Arkansas


The unarmed security guard in the state of Arkansas must be licensed to work within the security sector. There are certain requirements they must fulfill in order to obtain state licensing that includes personal information and training at a state certified facility. The unarmed security guard license will be issued by the Arkansas Department of Public Safety and will be valid for four years. During the four years, the license is valid each year the applicant must take a refresher course to keep their unarmed security guard license in good standing. The unarmed security guard will find many employment opportunities once the requirements have been met and the Department of Public Safety has issues the Arkansas license. It is against the rules to work in as an unarmed security guard in the state of Arkansas without a license. The personal requirements are:

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

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

  • They must prove the right to work within the United States.

  • They will submit to a background check.

  • The applicant will be fingerprinted.

  • The applicant must not have any convictions for felonies.

  • The applicant must take a state certified training course prior to applying for an Arkansas unarmed security guard license.


The training the unarmed security guard trainee will need is a state certified course, which will prepare the applicant to work in the security environment. This training will include education in the laws that will pertain to their employment and the training needed to handle emergencies. The training will include:

  • The legal and ethical issues in Arkansas.

  • There will be training for medical emergencies.

  • Emergency fire training.

  • Apprehending and holding suspects

  • Professionalism in working with official agencies


The trained unarmed security guard will be educated to handle medical and fire emergencies. They will understand the proper format when dealing with police and fire officials and how to professionally handle criminal suspects. The training will need to be updated yearly in order to keep the four year unarmed security guard license current. The license must be renewed prior to the expiration date of the four-year license.

The trained and licensed Arkansas unarmed security guard will find employment in many areas of the security sector and will be required once employed to keep their license current. They may also be requested to hold a valid Arkansas driver’s license. Employment the applicant will be will be qualified for are places such as:

  • Malls and retail stores.

  • Public and private office buildings

  • Schools and colleges

  • State and federal buildings

  • Parks and other outdoor facilities

  • Stadiums


These are some of the employment opportunities and there are also private unarmed security positions that are available to the Arkansas unarmed security guard. The state certified training, which will prepare the unarmed guard to work efficiently in any of these positions, whether public or private in a professional manner.


The state of Arkansas has requirements that must be met prior to any person being issued an armed security guard license, these requirements are both personal and required training. The training for an armed security guard in the state of Arkansas requires more training than the unarmed guard due to the larger risk, and this includes weapon training. The training and the personal information that is required are designed to license a person that is qualified to be a professional with the ability to carry a firearm. These are the reasons why there is a required background check, fingerprints and a no felony conviction stipulation.   The Arkansas Department of Public Safety will issue the armed security guard license, which will be valid for the amount of four years with yearly refresher courses required. The requirements to apply for the armed security license in Arkansas are:

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age.

  • The applicant must possess a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate.

  • The appropriate state certified training will be completed.

  • A complete background check will be done.

  • The applicant will be fingerprinted.

  • The applicant will successfully pass drug testing.

  • The applicant will provide proof of citizenship or the legal right to work in the United States.

  • The applicant will not have any felony convictions on their record.


These requirements will need to be met along with the state certified training and weapons training that is required prior to an Arkansas armed security guard license being issued. The courses are to prepare the applicant to work in the security sector with professionalism. The training required will include:

  • Legal and ethical issues

  • Training in medical emergencies

  • Professionalism in the work environment

  • The legal limits of force in the state of Arkansas

  • Weapons training

  • Marksmanship and target training

  • Non-lethal force


The state certified training is structured to educate the armed security guard, so when working in the security sector the emergencies that can arise are handled properly. This can include medical emergencies, criminal activity and other responsibilities that will be part of the armed security guard’s job description.

There are many employment opportunities that are open to the Arkansas licensed armed security guard. The employment opportunities can be both public and private employment situations, which they have been trained for in the Arkansas state certified courses. These employment opportunities can include:

  • Banks and financial institutions

  • State offices

  • Federal offices

  • Schools and colleges

  • Art galleries and museums

  • Armored vehicles

  • Malls and retail stores

  • Private armed security guard services


The Arkansas armed security guard license is issued for an amount of four years. At which time if the person the license is issued to is still working in the security sector the license will need to be renewed prior to the expiration date of the state license. There is also the requirement for a course to be taken each year to keep the current license in good standing.

Join a Security Guard Union in ARKANSAS

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