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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: Kentucky




State Security Licensing Authorities: Tennessee


The Tennessee unarmed security guard must hold a state license and in order to obtain this licensing the person must successfully complete an application and meet all the guidelines. The requirements for an unarmed security guard in the state of Tennessee are:

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age

  • They must be mentally competent

  • Be of good moral character

  • They must be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.

  • The applicant should have no disability that will affect their duties as an unarmed security guard

  • The applicant will not have been on probation within the past 5 years for serious crimes that include firearms, violence or shoplifting

  • The applicant will provide three fingerprint cards, which will be processed by the TBI and FBI criminal background check

  • The applicant will not have a history of habitual drunkenness, a narcotics addiction or dependency.

  • The applicant will have attended training at a state certified training facility


The training that is required by the state of Tennessee to obtain an unarmed security guard license is four hours, with one hour each of:

  • Orientation

  • Training in emergency procedures

  • Education in the legal powers and limitations of the unarmed security guard

  • Educated in the general duties of an unarmed security guard


There is a requirement for the unarmed security guard in Tennessee that will use chemical spray, a nightstick or club, and any other type of non-lethal device while on duty. A certified trainer must provide the training. The unarmed security guard will present the certification when demanded by the commissioner, or an authorized agent, including full time law enforcement officers.


The unarmed security guard will find employment in the security sector in various locations; these can include both private and public locations. The duties of the unarmed security officer can include protecting the public or a location from criminal activity. The areas where the unarmed security guard might find employment in the state of Tennessee include:

  • Airports, bus and train stations

  • Schools, colleges and universities

  • Malls and other retail locations

  • Housing and apartment areas

  • Parks and other public locations

  • Sporting arenas

  • Government and state offices

  • Private office buildings


The person that has properly filled out the Tennessee unarmed security guard license will have the training and skills to work within these types of locations and be educated to handle situations that could arise where protection is needed from criminal activity. The unarmed guard will also be ready to handle emergency situations and work with law enforcement officials.

State Licensing Application


The Tennessee armed security guard is required to be licensed and to obtain the state license the applicant must meet certain criteria. The things the armed security guard must have is a license to carry a weapon, they must have training that includes an examination and have had specified training. The other requirements for licensing are:

  • The applicant must be at least 21 years of age

  • The applicant must either be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident alien.

  • They must have completed the amount of training hours and passed an exam.

  • Three fingerprint cards must be submitted, which will be processed by both the TBI and the FBI in doing a criminal background check.

  • The applicant must be of good moral character and be legally mentally competent.

  • The applicant must not have any disability that would prevent them from performing their duties.

  • The applicant must not have been on probation within the last 5 years for any serious crimes or crimes that involved firearms, violence or shoplifting.

  • The applicant must not have a record of habitual drunkenness, or have a narcotics addiction or dependency.


The person that applies for an armed security guard license in the state of Tennessee is required to have one hour of training in:

  • Orientation

  • The legal powers of a security guard

  • Education in the general duties of an armed security guard

  • Weapons training, including devices that are not lethal

  • Emergency training and procedures


There is a Tennessee armed security guard regulation that requires the applicant to complete eight classroom hours for firearms training including

  • The legal limitations for the use of a firearm

  • The proper handling of a firearm

  • The safety and maintenance of a fire arm


The person applying to the state for an armed security guard license is required to attend four hours of training for marksmanship. During this training there must be a minimum of 70% achieved on the silhouette target course.

When the armed guard will carry other types of weapons there are training requirements prior to the license being issued to the applicant. These weapons include stun guns, chemical spray, nightsticks, a club and other non-lethal devices. A certificate will be issued after training by a certified trainer, and will be shown to any legal authority when demanded.
The armed security guard license is valid for a two year period, after this if the applicant is still employed as an armed guard the license must be renewed.

The license armed security guard in Tennessee will find employment throughout the security industry, for both private and public duty assignments such as:

  • Airports, bus and train stations

  • Schools, colleges and universities

  • Malls and retail locations

  • Government and state offices

  • Private office buildings

  • Housing and apartment areas

State Licensing Application

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