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Join a Security Guard Union in ILLINOIS

If your looking to join a Security Guard Union in Illinois 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


Join a Security Guard Union in ILLINOIS


State Security Licensing Authorities: Illinois

To become a security guard in the state of Illinois, the first thing you must do is obtain a PERC Card.

A PERC Card, or Permanent Employee Registration Card, is a card that tells employers in the State of Illinois that you’ve passed certain background checks through a fingerprint submission process. You will not be able to apply for a security guard position until you get one.


The state of Illinois requires anyone seeking employment as an unarmed security guard to hold a state license. This licensing allows the unarmed security guard to work in many industries in the security of the building or property. The qualifications to apply for this license are that the applicant is at least 18 years of age, and they are not eligible to apply as an armed security guard license until the age of 21 in the state of Illinois. This type of licensing is attractive to many people, including people with prior military service. The license will be issued to the applicant for a period of two years. During this time there will need to be refresher training to keep the license current. The other qualifications that are required are:

  • The applicant must be a citizen or allowed to work legally in the United States.

  • Applicants will submit to fingerprinting

  • The applicant will have a criminal background check done

  • The applicant will have a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate

  • Applicants will provide a valid photo identification

There is a requirement of 20 hours of training that must be successfully completed at a state certified training facility prior to the applicants unarmed security guard license being issued. The training will include education that will prepare the unarmed security guard to work within the security industry. Training will educate the student about the legal issues that can arise, including detaining shoplifters and other criminals. This education will include:

  • Legal and ethical issues

  • The use of force

  • Detainment

  • Emergency medical including CPR

  • Emergency fire

  • Professionalism with the public

This education that is provided at a state credited training facility once completed will qualify the applicant to be issued an Illinois state unarmed security license. The license is valid for two years each time it is applied for and is issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. In order to keep the unarmed security guard licensed current there is a refresher course that must be taken every 12 months as long as the license holder is employed in the security industry.
The unarmed security guard will work in environments that include public situations, private properties and other security situations such as:

  • Schools

  • Parks

  • Colleges

  • Retail stores

  • Malls

  • Public and private properties

  • Parking structures

  • Private office buildings

There are other types of employment open in the security sector for the unarmed security guard. The unarmed security guard can be employed in buildings with a camera room and alarms that need to be monitored. Many of the positions the unarmed security guard have available to them will provide on the job training for the use of cameras, alarm systems and the expected duties the guard will perform daily. Some of these positions will require the unarmed security guard to hold a valid Illinois drivers license, like the apartment complex that will require driving throughout the property.


The state of Illinois like many other states has requirements that must be fulfilled before an applicant can apply for an armed security guard license. These requirements will include things like age, education and training at a state certified facility to enable the applicant to work in the security industry. The personal requirements to apply for an Illinois state armed security license are:

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age to apply as an armed security guard.

  • Applicants must be a legal resident of the United States

  • Applicants must submit to a background check

  • The person applying must submit to finger printing

  • Successfully completes a 20 hour education course at a certified training center

  • Successfully completes 20 hour firearms training for armed security guards

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will issue the armed security guard license, when a person applies. The license can only be applied for after the certified training has been successfully completed and will be issued for a length of two years. The occupation overview from this department, details the employment of the armed security guard as: protecting the property of their employer from illegal entry, vandalism, theft and fire. The 20 hours of required training will prepare the applicant to professionally provide the services that will be required in the security industry, along with the legal issues of criminal detainment and other situations. The training course at a certified facility will educate the applicant in emergency situations and working with official agencies, including filing written reports.
Training for the Illinois armed security guard will be a 20-hour education for the applicant at a state certified training facility and will include:

  • Limits of legal force

  • Legal issues

  • Emergency medical including CPR

  • Detainment of criminal suspects

  • Control of the public or crowd situation

The firearm’s training that is required is 20 hours in length, which includes classroom education and time at the range. There will be marksmanship and target training done at the range and in the classroom, there will be weapons education and legal issues. The firearm’s training prepares the Illinois armed security guard to handle situations confidently that might require the use of their weapon to protect their place of employment or the public. The classroom training will provide the applicant with the legal issues and situations that can arise while employed, as an armed security guard if using a weapon is needed in a given situation.
The employment opportunities open to the Illinois licensed armed guards are:

  • Banking and financial institutions

  • Schools and colleges

  • Government offices

  • Private offices

  • Parking structures

  • Private and government properties

  • Factories

  • Airports

  • Armored vehicles

  • Hotels and apartments

The armed guard is employed to protect buildings, stores, banks and other facilities to protect them from criminal vandalism and to protect the public in Illinois. These types of employment are a sample as there is other armed security positions the licensed trained guard can be employed.

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