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Join a Security Guard Union in TEXAS

If your looking to join a Security Guard Union in the State of Texas 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: Texas



In the state of Texas the Private Security Bureau whose department headquarters is located in Austin regulates the unarmed security guard. The guidelines that the person wanting to be in a security sector must adhere to the rules of the Non-Commissioned Security Officer section 1702.113 in order to obtain a Texas license.

The law in Texas for unarmed security officers is they must complete 30 hours of training at a certified facility. There are other specific qualifications in order to be licensed:

  • The licensed unarmed security guard is required to wear a uniform indicating the company they are employed.

  • The person that has been convicted of a felony or a Class A misdemeanor can not hold a security license for 20 years after the conviction.

  • The person that has been convicted of a Class B misdemeanor cannot hold a security license in the state of Texas with some exceptions for a five-year period.

  • The first time DWI that is a Class B misdemeanor will not be disqualified from holding an unarmed security guard license.

  • The person applying must have the right to work in the United States and must supply tax information for the Internal Revenue Service.

  • An FBI style background check will be done prior to obtaining a Texas security license.

  • Drug screening will be conducted; anyone that does not pass the drug screening cannot be licensed.

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

  • A high school diploma must be held or an equivalency exam


The unarmed security guard classes provided by a certified facility will include leadership skills, safety training, training in non-violent disagreement resolutions and the use of force.

There will also be education of the Texas Private Security Bureau chapter 1702 of the Texas occupation code. This is the code that regulates the security field. There is training in response to emergencies, report writing and legal issues. Training is provided in dealing with the public in a professional manner during crisis situations.

Once the certified training course has been completed there will be a required written examination required by the state of Texas to obtain licensing. Individual licensing applications can only be accepted when a security company gainfully employs the individual.
When applying for an unarmed security license a permanent license will be received in 4 to 6 weeks from the date of receiving the application. This Texas license will expire two years from the date of issue and will need to be renewed if the holder of the license is still working in the security sector.

The unarmed security guard once licensed can be employed in settings such as schools, hospitals, museums, libraries, shopping malls and other types of retail stores. In these settings, the unarmed security personnel is responsible for shoplifting, emergencies including medical and fire, until trained personnel arrives at the scene in response. These situations are to be carried out in a professional manner, which does not alert other patrons of the event that is taking place.


Training as an armed security guard and becoming licensed in the state of Texas means fulfilling the state required amount of training at a certified facility. The requirements for the armed security applicant are outlined in the Texas Administrative Code, Texas Department of Public Safety. Prior to applying for the security license the applicant must complete a 30-hour training course.
Applying for this license the applicant will submit to finger printing, a background check and submit a color 3 inch by 5-inch photograph. This photograph will be taken wearing the security uniform, another photograph will also be required that measures 8 inches by 10 inches in uniform that will be kept on file. Both photographs are to be close up and show the badge, shoulder patch and nameplate.

Training that will be provided in the certified facility will include:

  • Training in CPR and emergency first aid

  • Legal and civil issues

  • Crowd dispersement

  • Criminal detainment

  • Training in firearms

  • Firearms safety

  • Education in the Texas occupation code1702 from the Texas Private Security Bureau

  • Report writing

  • Preparation for the end of training written examination


Training will also include being professional when dealing with the public, proper handling of emergency situations and reporting to official authorities. The training will include the proper handling of firearms, marksmanship and target training. There will also be preparation for the written examination that is required to take upon successfully finishing the 30 hours of training required. Armed security guards will be provided with training to handle alarm operation and security camera employment; they will also be trained in professional treatment of the public.


The armed security guard application will include:

  • Proof of training and copies of successful final examination

  • Fingerprinting

  • Complete background check

  • Either be a United States citizen or provide proof to work in the United States legally

  • Submit to drug testing


The license can be applied for after being employed by a licensed security company, with the permanent card being issued in four to six weeks. Renewal of the license must be done sixty days prior to the expiration date of the permanent license if still employed as an armed security guard. In the state of Texas should the applicant change employers the license is transferable and will not need to be reapplied for until the time of license expiration date. The background check and application will be declined if there has been a felony and certain Class B misdemeanors within the past 20 years or a conviction that prohibits the use of firearms for life.
The armed security guard in the state of Texas will find employment in government offices, banks, museums, in the industrial field and stadiums. There will be employment in private sectors, as well as properties such guarded housing or apartment complexes. There will be some positions that will require holding a valid Texas state drivers license; these can include armed transport of funds and other valuables by companies, banks and corporations.

Join a Security Guard Union in TEXAS

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