Labor unions are legally recognized as representatives of workers in many industries in the United States. Their activity today centers on collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their membership, and on representing their members in disputes with management over violations of contract provisions. Larger unions also typically engage in lobbying activities and electioneering at the state and federal level.
Most unions in the United States are aligned with one of two larger umbrella organizations: the AFL-CIO created in 1955, and the Change to Win Federation which split from the AFL-CIO in 2005. Both advocate policies and legislation on behalf of workers in the United States and Canada, and take an active role in politics. The AFL-CIO is especially concerned with global trade issues.
However under Section 9(b)3 of the National Labor Relations Act Security Guard Unions are prohibited from being directlyor in directly affiliated with a non guard union if it seeks to be certified by the National Labor Relations Board.
Here is the exact wording from the National Labor Relations Act: no labor organization shall be certified as the representative of employees in a bargaining unit of guards if such organization admits to membership, or is affiliated directly or indirectly with an organization which admits to membership, employees other than guards.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Prevents unauthorized visitors or property damage and provides general building security; does related work as required.
Incumbents of this position maintain a post or security check point and deal directly with the public in ascertaining their business, providing directions, and providing a security presence to the building or section of the building to which they are assigned. The incumbent may use a hand held metal detection devise or screen visitors as they pass through a metal detection device. Incumbents do not have the power to arrest or detain individuals. This position is distinguished from a Watchperson in that a Watchperson patrols a building and grounds and works "off hours" with little or no contact with the general public. This is generally an uniformed position. Supervision is not usually a responsibility of this position.
EXAMPLES OF WORK: (Illustrative Only)
Maintains a post or security checkpoint;
Greets members of the public and ascertains their business in the building or section of the building;
Provides directions to members of the public;
Provides a security presence for a building or section of a building;
Prevents damage to property;
May screen individuals with a hand held metal detector or have them pass through a metal detection device;
May hold or confiscate weapons (i.e., knives, box cutters, guns, etc.);
May possess and use a police radio (walkie-talkie) to summon police, as required;
May maintain simple log or record of weapons found.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND ATTRIBUTES: General knowledge of the
duties and responsibilities of a security guard; ability to think and act quickly; ability to interact
effectively and tactfully with members of the public; integrity; tact; initiative; sound judgement;
courtesy; reliability; physical condition commensurate with the duties of the position.