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Join a Security Guard Union in INDIANA

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


In the state of Indiana both the armed and unarmed security guard need to be licensed in order to work in the security sector. Even the unarmed guard that will find employment in the private sector will need to possess a state license. This licensing is pursuant to the state legislative regulations IC 25-30-1-3 Section 3, these regulations mandates the applicant will provide personal information, and they will attend a state certified courses. The unarmed security guard license will need to be renewed prior to the date it will expire or the applicant will be required to take the training course before it will be renewed.  The personal information that will be required is as follows:

  • The applicant applying for an unarmed security license in the state of Indiana will be at least 18 years of age

  • The applicant will be finger printed

  • They will submit to an FBI style background check

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

  • The applicant will submit to drug testing

  • There will be no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions.


The applicant for the unarmed security license will be required to attend training courses that will prepare them for work in the security sector. These courses will be at facility that has state certified courses by the Indiana Department of Public Safety. The courses will provide education in emergency situations and criminal activity, along with education in the states regulations and laws. When this course has been taken successfully and the personal requirements satisfied the Indiana Department of Public Safety would issue an unarmed security licenses that will enable the person to be employed in the security environment. The course education is as follows:

  • Legal and ethical issues

  • Professionalism with the public

  • Non-lethal force

  • Detainment methods

  • Medical emergencies including CPR


The training course is designed to enable the unarmed security guard to professionally handle daily situations and emergency situations with confidence, until police, fire or ambulance officials arrive. The unarmed guard will also be trained in working with officials and reporting to them in emergency or criminal situations. The Indiana licensing opens up many employment positions for the unarmed security guard that will utilize their training skills.

There are different types of security opportunities for the unarmed security guards that are in the public sector and those that are in the private sector.  Opportunities in the private sector often include gate duty outside of a residence. Some of the available positions for the licensed unarmed guard can be found in:

  • Banks

  • Financial institutions

  • Schools

  • Colleges

  • Malls

  • Retail stores

  • Parks and other public lands

  • Museums

  • Hospitals

  • Apartment complexes

  • Guarded housing developments

  • Private security


The unarmed guard might also be required to have a valid Indiana driver’s license for some types of security employment. There are other opportunities that will be found in the security environment for the unarmed security guard licensed by the Indiana Department of Public Safety.


The state of Indiana requires any person working in the security sector as an armed security guard to be licensed. This license requires the person to provide the Indiana Public Safety Department with personal information and to attend state certified courses under the state legislative regulations IC 25-30-1-3 Section 3. Detailed in these regulations are the requirements that are demanded by the state of Indiana for an applicant to be issued a license and this includes a yearly refresher course in both security and weapon training to keep the valid license current. It also states licenses will need to be renewed prior to their date of expiration or the armed security guard will be required to complete the full training prior to being issued a license. In order to be issued a license the applicant must meet all of the required criteria including:

  • The applicant for an Indiana armed security guard license will be at least 21 years of age

  • The applicant it required to hold a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate

  • Proof must be provided of legal citizenship or residency

  • There will be an FBI style background check completed

  • The applicant will submit to fingerprinting

  • Pass drug testing

  • The applicant will not have any felony convictions or misdemeanor abuse charges or convictions

  • The state certified training courses will be successfully completed


The state of Indiana requires the applicant to attend a state certified training course within in the state, licenses will not be issued to armed security guards that have trained in other states. The training meets the standards of the Indiana Department of Public Safety and will include:

  • Legal issues

  • Ethics and professionalism

  • Emergency medical

  • Emergency fire containment

  • The legal use of force

  • Detainment methods

  • Non-lethal force options

  • Weapon training to include marksmanship

  • Firearm’s safety

  • Indiana firearm’s laws


This training will prepare the applicant to work in the security sector as an armed security guard with competence and professionalism. The applicant will be trained in medical emergencies, criminal activity and weapon’s training. The laws surrounding detainment and the use of force will be included in the training to give the applicant sound judgment if faced with criminal activity in their employment.

The training and licensing completed will qualify the Indiana licensed armed security guard to work in many different sectors of the security environment such as:

  • Banking and financial institutions

  • Schools and colleges

  • Public office buildings

  • State and federal buildings

  • Malls and retail stores

  • Armored vehicles

  • Museums

  • Public and private lands

  • Private security


The armed security guard is able to work in the private sector guarding private properties and other positions. There other employment opportunities in the public sector also that the licensed armed security guard will find within the state of Indiana. It is possible in some types of armed security guard employment that a valid Indiana driver’s license will be required.

Join a Security Guard Union in INDIANA

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