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Join a Security Guard Union in NEW JERSEY

If your looking to join a Security Guard Union in New Jersey 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: New Jersey


The unarmed security guard licensing is overseen by the New Jersey State Police, Private Detective Unit where permanent licenses are issued. The requirements for these licenses are mandated by the Security Registration Act, N.J.S.A. US: 19A-1 through 45:19A-12. These requirements include being at least 18 years of age and not over 65 years of age, providing current and valid photo identification with a valid expiration date. The applicant must be legal to work in the United States and successfully completed the required amount of New Jersey State certified training. There are other qualifications that will need to be meant prior to obtaining a security license in the state:

  • Certified training for the required amount of hours completely successfully

  • Submit to fingerprinting

  • The applicant will not have a serious criminal convictions

  • There will be an FBI style background check done prior to licensing


Training at a state certified facility would prepare the applicant to work within the security sector where firearms are not a requirement. The training prepares them to detain suspects in manners that are professional and does not cause a disturbance. The amount of training hours in New Jersey is twenty-four hours of security education that will include:

  • Professional conduct

  • Ethics

  • The limit of force that can be used according to the New Jersey Attorney General

  • Detention of suspects

  • First aid including emergency CPR

  • Terrorism awareness


The education in the training course is designed to prepare the New Jersey unarmed security guard with the confidence to work in the security sector with professionalism. This training includes understanding the legal limitations of the unarmed security guard in New Jersey. The student will also learn to properly write reports and proper interaction with official authorities. Classes will include emergency techniques to be used for medical emergencies until emergency medical technicians arrive and fire safety.
This training prepares the applicant to work within certain security sectors that can include:

  • The unarmed security guard is qualified to work at schools and colleges

  • Libraries

  • Retail stores

  • Museums and art galleries

  • Malls

  • Apartments and hotels

  • Casinos

  • Office buildings

  • Parking structures


These are some of the employment opportunities for the licensed unarmed guard in New Jersey, which the certified training has prepared the applicant. When working in a setting such as a casino or office building, the duties can include the use of cameras to monitor activities within the building. The unarmed security guard can also be employed in buildings that have alarm security systems.

The license is good for a period of two years, with a required refresher certified course taken yearly to keep the unarmed security guard license current. The training and license renewal must be done prior to the expiration date of the current security license.  When this yearly training is not completed the unarmed security guard license will not be valid or renewed, disabling the applicant to continue working in the security sector.


The state of New Jersey requires anyone seeking employment in the security sector as a licensed armed security guard must successfully complete all the required steps prior to having a license issued under the New Jersey State Police, Private Detective Unit and the Security Officer Registration Act, N.J.S.A. US: 19A-1 to 45:19A-12. In order to be issued an armed security license in the state all requirements; both personal and training must be completed prior to being issued a permanent license in the state.


The first of the requirements is that applicants must be at least 18 years of age when applying for their New Jersey armed security guard license. The applicant obtaining a New Jersey armed security license will be required to renew it every two years as long as they are employed in the security sector. The New Jersey State Police, Private Detective Unit will issue the permanent armed security guard license within 90 days from the date the applicant applied and is employed as an armed security guard. New Jersey requires that applicants take eight hours of certified training each year to keep their security license current and able to be renewed. The other requirements are:

  • Applicants must submit to fingerprinting

  • There will be a criminal history background check conducted

  • The applicant will submit a valid photo ID that includes a valid expiration date.

  • The applicant must attend a twenty-four hour course at a certified training facility


The Security Officer Registration Act requires holding an armed security guard license and this includes 24 hours of education at a New Jersey state certified training center. This training prepares the applicant to work in different industries, which can include interaction with police departments, fire departments and other official agencies.  The education training will include:

  • Ethics

  • Report writing

  • First aid training

  • Prevention and deterrence

  • New Jersey critical infrastructure awareness

  • Terrorism awareness

  • Use of force policy according to New Jersey Attorney General

  • Firearms training, marksmanship and target training


The armed security guard will also train in firearms for forty-seven hours; this training will include seven hours of education on the use of force. The applicant will qualify during weapons training at the range to obtain the New Jersey armed security guard license. Weapon training will include teaching the applicant use of force methods and detention of criminals.

The required training prepares the applicant to handle situations that can arise when working in the security sector. The armed security guard in New Jersey will find their function is to deter or defuse situations while dealing with the public in a safe manner. The armed security guard will find employment in several industries including:

  • The banking and finance industry

  • Museums

  • Art galleries

  • Retail stores and malls

  • Apartments and hotels

  • Government buildings and properties

  • Industrial and nuclear plants

  • Private security

  • Armored vehicles

  • Airports


The New Jersey armed security guard will find employment in other industries that require the protection of the armed guard, which can include schools, colleges and private industries.

Join a Security Guard Union in NEW JERSEY

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