The Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions LEOSU was victorious in defeating both SPFPA & PROA, winning this Paragon Systems 4 way NLRB Election to have the privilege and right to represent the Paragon Systems Inc protective service officers in Louisville, Kentucky.
On 8/15/2019 the National Labor Relations Board has certified the results of this Paragon Systems election.
In a stunning landslide NLRB election, the Law Enforcement Security Officers Union (“LEOSU”) won the representation election and will be representing the protective service officers PSO’s at Paragon Systems, Inc protecting federal facilities throughout Louisville Kentucky which includes Romano Mazzoli Federal Building, Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House, United States Attorney’s Office, Immigration Court Heyburn Building, SSA and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) formally represented by the Protection and Response Officers of America PROA a Georgia state based union.
This National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election was not your typical NLRB election, due to the fact that the unit being sought, the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky contract, which was represented by the incumbent union PROA, had been awarded to a new Federal Protective Service contractor Patronus Systems Inc as of July 1, 2019. Since Patronus Systems Inc was to take over this federal protective service contract on July 1, 2019, and at the time the petition was filed they were not the legal employer, nor did they employ any of the protective service officers on the Commonwealth of Kentucky contract, the NLRB set this case 09-RC-243304 for hearing.
In addition to the above the LEOSU had filed a motion to remove SPFPA from the ballot if Patronus Systems Inc remained on the ballot. The reason for this was due to the fact Patronus Systems Inc was owned by Mabel O’Quinn wife of SPFPA International Union Region 2 Vice President Rick O’Quinn.
The ownership of Patronus Systems Inc by Mabel O’Quinn wife of SPFPA Region 2 Vice President Rick O’Quinn Clearly created a CONFLICT of INTEREST.
After much discussion at this NLRB hearing on this Conflict of Interest between Patronus Systems Inc President Mabel O’Quinn and her husband SPFPA Region 2 Vice President Rick O’Quinn and the appropriateness of unit and if in fact Patronus Systems Inc could be viewed as a joint employer of Paragon, which is now a major subject of litigation before the Board as to what constitutes a “JOINT EMPLOYER” the LEOSU decided to amend its original petition rather than to face possible years of legal litigation, to only include the Paragon Systems protective service officers working in Louisville, Kentucky, who were to remain as a subcontractor on this contract after the July 1st date. In the end the NLRB Acting Regional director determined and agreed with the LEOSU that the Paragon PSO’s working in the Louisville Kentucky was an appropriate unit and ordered an NLRB mail ballot election.
After LEOSU called the election, the rival Security Police and Fire Professionals of America (“SPFPA”) who has a long history of corruption & embezzlement intervened in the election, with SPFPA’s President David Hickey personally flying to Kentucky to campaign in the election and committing to be the lead negotiator should SPFPA be selected as their new collective bargaining agent, SPFPA then launched what one union observer described as a “scorched-earth” campaign to demonize the rival union.
SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement Under The Leadership of David L. Hickey. Security and Fire Professionals President in Detroit Pleads Guilty. On July 19, 2019, Esper Alexander, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 1111, pleaded guilty in Wayne County (Michigan) District Court to one count of larceny by conversion of funds from the Detroit-based union. The plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
SPFPA’s President David Hickey personally flew to Kentucky to campaign in the election and committing to be the lead negotiator should SPFPA be selected as their new collective bargaining agent, SPFPA then launched what one union observer described as a “scorched-earth” campaign to demonize the rival union.
In the election, despite SPFPA’s dirty propaganda tactics, as well as Hickey’s vicious lies and desperation promises, LEOSU beat and won this NLRB election with 16 votes, to only 4 votes for SPFPA.
Robert Mares a Paragon PSO Officer noted “People at the Mazzoli were ecstatic when they found out about the win, yesterday. One individual recollects having yelled “yay” in the middle of the lobby. Seems everyone’s happy with the results!
“LEOSU is the strongest, fastest-growing law enforcement and security police union in America,” stated LEOSU Organizing Director Steve Maritas, “And I promise you that LEOSU will deliver for our new members with Paragon just like we have for our other Paragon PSO members from around the country.”
Most recently the LEOSU was successful in organizing the 318 Paragon Systems, Inc protective service officers (PSO’s) working at and in charge of protecting thirty (30) federal facilities throughout New York City, the Bronx and Westchester. This includes 26 Federal Plaza, 290 Broad Street, DEA, Bowling Green and 201 Varick Street, which was a target of a deadly shooting of protective service officer Idrissa Camara back on August 21, 2015.
The LEOSU and its affiliate unions have also been successful in defeating the SPFPA in several other elections including the Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, GSA ROB Building, NASA HQ, Georgetown University, Catholic University and the Russell Knox Building in Quantico after SPFPA disclaimed interest in this group after LEOSU had filed an election.
The SPFPA is now facing a NLRB decertification election in Case Number: 27-RD-246013 with the Paragon System, Inc security officers in Salt Lake City, UT.
The Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions (LEOSU) is a full-service labor organization formed to provide every labor related service from negotiations, grievance processing, legal and legislative representation.
The Law Enforcement Officers Security Unions (LEOSU) mission is to serve as a voice for law enforcement officers and security professionals nationwide to their employers. Thousands of law enforcement officers and security police professionals provide a fundamental protective service to federal agencies as contractors. These bargaining unit employees need to have their workplace concerns and interests represented to their employer with passion, integrity, and fairness. LEOSU delivers a comprehensive employee and labor relations program that will provide high quality service to officers by representing their interests and negotiating with the employer for results that create a better workplace. Our union is characterized by three core values: personalized service, transparency, and results.
The number one issue that LEOSU representatives address when speaking with groups interested in switching union affiliation is the quality of our negotiators, business agents and the service they provide to their local units. Calls are returned promptly. Many questions are answered on the spot, more difficult inquiries are responded to immediately after the issue is investigated.
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