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.