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How The Special and Superior Officers Benevolent Association Helps Its Members

What is a Union?

A Union is a group of workers that are seeking to better their lives by:

  • Negotiating better wages and benefits.
  • Negotiating more flexibility on the job for family needs.
  • Demanding respect from their Employer.
  • A counter-balance to the unchecked power of the Employers and;
  • A voice in improving the quality of their products and services.

How do I join a Union?

When workers decide they want to come together to improve their jobs, they contact a Union to help guide their organizing efforts to become members. Once a majority of workers show they want a Union, the Employer will sometimes recognize the Union honoring the employee's choice. Often workers must request the Union to file for an election with the National Labor Relations Board where the election will be run by the Government. If the workers win their Union they will negotiate a contract that will spell out each parties rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

What types of workers are seeking Union membership?

A wider range of people are seeking Union representation more than ever before. Security Officers, building employees, doctors, nurses, health care workers, wireless communication workers, engineers and auto part workers to name a few.

Does the Law protect workers joining a Union?

Yes. Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act gives you the right to organize without the fear of your Employer trying to intimidate you in giving up this right. For example, an Employer cannot threaten to close a business or lay-off people because they seek Union representation.

What have Unions accomplished for all workers?

Unions have made life better for all working Americans by helping to pass laws ending child labor, establishing the eight hour work day, protecting workers safety and health and helping to create Social Security and unemployment benefits. The average Union worker earns 4.5% more in wages that non-union employees. She chart below for a comparison between union and non-union:

Concerns of the employee:

Union versus Non-Union




Dignity, Rights and Respect

Must be given at all times

Only given if you're liked

Wages and other compensation

Spelled out in contract

Privately negotiated by management


Will be negotiated for everyone

Favoritism will decide this


You have the grievance process

You're on your own

Problems on the job?

The Union will be your voice

What management wants

Seniority rights

Guaranteed by Contract

Rights do not exist


Remain Consistent

Forever changing

A voice in the political arena

Work for laws that protect employees and their families

Take away and weaken laws

Why is the Special and Superior Officers Benevolent Association best for me?

The Special and Superior Officers Benevolent Association is a certified 9(b) 3 Union. This means that we specialize in the Security field; our Union members are strictly Security personnel. This said, we will give the best service in the industry to our members.

The 9(b) 3 law reads as follows:

Sec. 9 [ ยง 159.]

(b) [Determination of bargaining unit by Board] (3) decide that any union is appropriate for such purposes if it includes, together with other employees, any individual employed as a guard to enforce against employees and other persons rules to protect property of the employer or to protect the safety of persons in the employer's premises; but 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.

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