BREAKING NEWS: Security Guard Union Pres David L Hickey Seeks Possible Merger/Affiliation Deal. On June 11, 2022 David L. Hickey president of a security guard union out of Roseville, Michigan had sent United Federation LEOS-PBA President Charles (CHIP) Strebeck an email offering his assistance and full resources. This is a developing story.
On 6/3/2022 The Protection & Response Officers of America (PROA) National Union have now affiliated with the United Federation LEOS-PBA. PROA National Union presently represents security professionals @ federal buildings and units throughout the Southeastern region of the United States including the state of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina just to name a few. Welcome to the United Federation LEOS-PBA Family PROA!
This comes after several other 9(b)3 security unions from around the country also decided to affiliate / merge with the United Federation LEOS-PBA.
Charles “Chip” Strebeck, President of United Federation of LEOS-PBA stated he was excited that The Protection & Response Officers of America PROA National Union made the right decision to affiliate with our security union. We are Stronger Together and certainly both our memberships will benefit from this merger / affiliation. We look forward to working with PROA President Al Freeman and his Executive Board to make this a smooth transition”
Today, National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memorandum to all Field offices announcing that she will ask the Board to find mandatory meetings in which employees are forced to listen to employer speech concerning the exercise of their statutory labor rights, including captive audience meetings, a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
General Counsel Abruzzo explains that the Board has long-recognized that the Act protects employees’ right to listen to—or refrain from listening to—employer speech concerning their rights to act collectively to improve their workplace. Forcing employees to attend captive audience meetings under threat of discipline discourages employees from exercising their right to refrain from listening to this speech and is therefore inconsistent with the NLRA.
The memo explains that years ago the Board incorrectly concluded that an employer does not violate the Act by compelling its employees to attend meetings in which it makes speeches urging them to reject union representation. As a result, employers commonly use explicit or implied threats to force employees into meetings about unionization or other statutorily protected activity.
“This license to coerce is an anomaly in labor law, inconsistent with the Act’s protection of employees’ free choice. It is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of employers’ speech rights,” said General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo. “I believe that the NLRB case precedent, which has tolerated such meetings, is at odds with fundamental labor-law principles, our statutory language, and our Congressional mandate. Because of this, I plan to urge the Board to reconsider such precedent and find mandatory meetings of this sort unlawful.”
The General Counsel states that she will urge the Board to correct that anomaly and propose they adopt sensible assurances that an employer must convey to employees in order to make clear that their attendance at these meetings is truly voluntary. Such an approach will appropriately protect employers’ free-speech rights to express views, arguments, or opinions concerning the employees’ exercise of their protected labor rights without unduly infringing on the rights of employees to refrain, or not, from listening to such expressions.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employees, employers, and unions from unfair labor practices and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year.
The United Federation LEOS-PBA and its affiliated unions answers yet another call from two separate IRS units of Security Professionals from both Washington DC & Maryland seeking to leave their present security Union, who have lost thousands of members and a number of elections to both the United Federation LEOS-PBA, our affiliates and allies.
Those eligible to vote are: All full-time and regular part-time security officers employed by the Employer at the Internal Revenue Service, New Carrolton Federal Building (NCFB), currently located at 5000 Ellin Road, New Carrolton, MD, who were employed by the Employer during the payroll period ending February 20, 2022.
All ballots will be commingled and counted at the Region 05 Office on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. In order to be valid and counted, the returned ballots must be received in the Region 05 Office prior to the counting of the ballots.
EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN IRS HQ
Those eligible to vote are: All full-time and regular part-time security officers and armorers employed by the Employer at the Internal Revenue Service, Headquarters facility, currently located at 1111 Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C., who were employed by the Employer during the payroll period ending February 20, 2022.
All ballots will be commingled and counted at the Region 05 Office on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. In order to be valid and counted, the returned ballots must be received in the Region 05 Office prior to the counting of the ballots.
The United Federation LEOS-PBA and our affiliated Union National Union of Special Police Officers NUSPO filed a petition on behalf of these Officers with a majority showing of interest for both locations. The NLRB has docketed the petition, and the ballots are now in the hands of these Hanna security professionals. The United Federation LEOS-PBA and its affiliated Union National Union of Special Police Officers NUSPOis dedicating our complete resources to this priority!
19 March 2022, FENNESSY FAMILY STATEMENT: We are thrilled to announce that K9 Mattie will be spending her retirement with us, Mattie recently retired from her work with MSA Security as an explosive detection canine. After years of outstanding service, Mattie is ready to enjoy some quality family time at home with the Fennessys. We thank MSA Security for allowing us to reunite with Mattie and we look forward to many years together.