What is the SPFPA?
The International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) is the “Authority of Security Unions” Nationwide. SPFPA members provide security services for the Department of Defense/NASA, Aerospace, U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Courts, nuclear facilities, prisons, detention centers, correctional facilities, armored car, casinos, entertainment, Federal, State and County Buildings, Military installations, universities, hospitals, public utilities, automotive, airports, seaports, Homeland Security facilities and industries.
What makes SPFPA different from other security guard unions?
We take pride in the important role our members perform to keep our communities, business and neighborhoods safe and secure. We recognize the need to protect those who protect and serve our great Country. As your SPFPA representative, our job is to advance the professionalism and welfare of the men and women working in the security industry through legislation, education, training and collective bargaining, to protect the livelihood of our security professionals and their families and gain the respect they most certainly deserve.
The International Headquarters has 200 Local unions located throughout the world. The SPFPA consists of over 1,000 Local Union Officer Representatives, full-time Vice Presidents, Directors and staff who are experienced and on hand to negotiate contracts, settle grievances, enforce contracts, organize the unorganized and assist in answering your questions. SPFPA has a strong, prominent legal firm that specializes in the representation of labor law and defending worker’s rights. SPFPA has the ability to negotiate on your behalf quality based medical benefits and 401k savings programs, with a full-time Service Team to assist with enrollments, selections, and claims.
The SPFPA represents thousands of security police professionals working for such contractors as G4S, Akal, Alutiiq, American Corporate Security, Basic Contracting Services, C & D Security, Chenega, Coastal, Deco, Diamond Group, Elite Protective, FJC Security, Garda, Geo Corrections and Detention, Inter-Con, Jenkins, Knight, Loomis, Masters, Paragon, SecTek, Securiguard, Securitas, Security Consultants Group, Spectrum, Trinity, Vendtech, and Whitestone, just to name a few. As contractor’s change over at a rapid pace, your job and your benefits are jeopardized based on the lowest bid. SPFPA is here to protect you and provide stability in your job, through a Collective Bargaining Agreement; protection that you and your family most certainly deserve.
How can I become a member?
Contact our Organizing Team at (800)228-7492. They will assist you and provide step-by-step instruction to get you started. Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) you have the right to:
· Organize a union to negotiate with your employer your wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
· Form, join or assist a union.
· Bargain collectively through representatives of employees’ own choosing for a contract with your employer setting your wages, benefits, hours and other working conditions.
· Discuss your terms and conditions of employment or union organizing with your coworkers or a union.
· Take action with one or more coworkers to improve your working conditions by, among other means, raising work-related complaints directly with your employer or with a government agency and seeking help from a union.
Can I legally be fired for forming or participating in organizing a Union?
The answer is “NO”. The law says, you have a right to join a union. The National Labor Relations Act , Section 7, clearly states, “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 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.
Section 8(a)(3), Discrimination Against Employees, makes it an Unfair Labor Practice for an employer to discriminate against employees, stating “in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any term or condition of employment” for the purpose of encouraging or discouraging membership in a labor organization. In other words, the Act makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate in employment because of an employee’s union or other group activity within the protection of the Act.
How does the Union function? Who Runs the Union?
SPFPA is a democratic union, whereby Union Officers are elected by the membership. Each Local union is granted with a Charter, establishing a Local and Local Executive Board. Officers of the Local and representatives from every shift will be elected by members throughout the entire facility and each shift will elect representatives to assist with running the Local. New Locals are guided with step-by-step instructions on how to get set up, receive training on leadership, fiduciary responsibilities and grievance processing. Your Local is as strong its members. That’s why Locals need to take initiative to become involved by attending Union meetings, becoming Shop Stewards, educating themselves of their rights, participating on committees, and taking an active union role, encouraging union membership and organizing more facilities. If, however, sites want to be organized, but do not have any interest in becoming their own Local, they are placed within existing local that usually has long standing, experienced officers that will take care of the business involving union matters. It is a win/win option for SPFPA union members.
Do we pay union dues as soon as we become organized?
Although some unions do charge union dues immediately after they become certified by the NLRB to represent you, the SPFPA does NOT charge union dues until a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been negotiated on your behalf. In addition, all initiation fees are waived for all everyone employed at the time that the CBA becomes effective.
The dues rate is two and a half times your hourly rate per month. Other unions may offer a lower dues structure, but they also offer lower service to their members. In fact, we have had multiple independent unions merge into the SPFPA because they were financially unable to provide an appropriate level of service to their membership. The union dues are split between the Local Union and the International Union. The Local union dues covers the cost of doing business at the Local level, covering union meetings, lost time to handle grievances and meet the needs of the local. The other portion of dues income goes to the International Union, which provides full-time Vice Presidents, Officers and Staff to assist in local operations, provide grievance and leadership training, and covers 100 percent of all legal costs for every Local, which includes the cost of arbitrations and other legal matters impacting SPFPA members. Operating expenses include office space, telephones, publishing the annual newspaper to every member, stationery, mailings, meeting rooms, hotel expenses, professional fees, including attorney fees, accountant fees, and salaries for full-time service representatives.
Do I need a union?
Historically, workers formed unions to gain wages, benefits and improved working conditions. Today, with a declining economy, SPFPA is organizing throughout the Country at a rapid pace. Security professionals are seeking our help to maintain job security, wages and benefits plans equivalent to inflated tax hikes, outrageous gasoline rates, and to be safely protected on the job with proper equipment and training. You decide. The choice is yours. We are here to help you, if you need or ask for help. Our vision is to be recognized by our members, companies, and other unions as the leading labor organization specializing in the representation of security, police and fire professionals in the world. Our goal is to provide improved, consistent service to our members and locals by dedicating ourselves to the steps necessary to move our Union forward and maintain a level of excellence. Our mission is to better service our Locals through improved communication, while maintaining a strong financial base and staying committed to the overall needs of our members and their families. Our values model uncompromising honesty, unyielding integrity, dedication, trust and respect.
SPFPA is recognized by media around the Country as the “Authority of Security Unions.” As an SPFPA member, you are part of a proud family, and as International President, I am honored to be in your service.