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Join a Security Guard Union in HAWAII

If your looking to join a Security Guard Union in Hawaii 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: Hawaii


Hawaii has complicated and stringent standards. Obtaining a security guard license in Hawaii requires previous experience, cash up front, studying for exams and gathering lots of necessary paperwork. It’s nearly as time-consuming and strict as becoming a police officer. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Graduate from high school or get a GED. Bring proof with you when you apply. Hawaii requires this and that you be at least 18 years old.

  • Have at least four verifiable years of experience as a security guard. To get your license and command more money, you must first work under a licensed guard or guard agency, as a guard for a private employer, as a police officer or as a guard for any government entity. Many people get experience in other states first.

  • Fill out the 17-page security guard application, available in the Resources section. There is a deadline every two months for this application. Call 808-586-3000 and request that application forms be mailed, if you prefer.

  • Get a fingerprint check through the FBI.

  • Get criminal abstracts from every county where you have lived during the past decade.

  • Pay the $50 application fee, plus other miscellaneous license and fingerprint fees that vary depending on the time of year you make your application and how you submit the fingerprints.

  • Be in good physical and mental health and have no criminal convictions.

  • Take and pass a test administered by the Board of Private Detectives and Guards, after your application is reviewed and approved.

State Information and Applications

Join a Security Guard Union in HAWAII

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