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Union Files Complaint Against Chief Who Made Off-Duty Arrest

Union Files Complaint Against Chief Who Made Off-Duty Arrest

The Times-Tribune

April 19, 2011

Scranton, Penn. — The Scranton police union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the city for an off-duty drug arrest made by Police Chief Dan Duffy in March.

The complaint, which was filed with the state Labor Relations Board on April 14, takes issue with the chief arresting a man who was allegedly in possession of marijuana because the chief is not a member of the collective bargaining unit and was “off duty” when the March 20 arrest was made.

“I think it’s absurd. I’m not going to turn my head on crime that takes place,” Chief Duffy said. "I took the same oath (as a police officer) that everyone else took.

“On my day off and I’m driving around as the police chief, and that’s wrong?” he asked.

The complaint states that “the work of apprehending and arresting individuals has been the sole and exclusive province of members of the bargaining unit,” and that the city did not inform or negotiate with the union that the chief would be “performing bargaining unit work.”

Because of this, the union says the city violated the state Labor Relations Act and the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act.

“We’re not out to bust his chops,” Sgt. Bob Martin, police union president, said. “It’s not against the chief. The action is against the city.”

Mayor Chris Doherty declined to comment on the matter Monday.

While the chief has been known for several off-duty arrests in the city, the complaint only makes mention of the March 20 incident.


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    alexk12004

    over 3 years ago

    166 Comments

    Talk about some idiots in Scranton.

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    alexy

    over 3 years ago

    3970 Comments

    The union needs to ST-U

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    (Latinrum: So in oder to make and arrest you have to be a peace officer and a member of the collective bargaining unit?)

    I can just see this being used as an arguement by defense lawyers..... just wait.

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    Does it say "Police" on his badge along with "Chief"? Then as the "Chief" cop in Scranton he darn well better be upholding the law and doing his job busting bad guys. Tell those union nitwits to go pound sand...

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    mz66

    over 3 years ago

    3854 Comments

    What peculiar timing--with all the union busting/attempted busting going on, you'd think unions would want to at least put their non-foolish foot forward.

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    Sounds like the brothers in blue are acting more like the 2nd cousins than anything else.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    The union is complaining because he made an arrest!? Who cares! I bet there is enough crime for the "bargaining unit" to deal with still. Good job Chief Duffy!

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    schick_817

    over 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    I work for a small PD so to see the chief make an arrest is just a normal day.

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    PETE114

    over 3 years ago

    1396 Comments

    There's gotta be more to the story

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    luke3302

    over 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    This is why I do not belong to a union and do not support unions. Filing a grievance for doing his job. Simply amazing!

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    oldtimer322

    over 3 years ago

    360 Comments

    Speechless.....

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    Ghostwriter2012

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    wow, unions can be a help, but when people lose their common sense, its all bad!

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    TheSarge

    over 3 years ago

    1450 Comments

    Makes ya just go .... hmmmm.

    Yup, I can see it now: Special badges: One to declare you are sworn. The other shaped like a hammer and sickle. In small engraving it reads: Not part of Bargaining Unit. You have to wear both when not part of the club. Good grief. Tiny tiny minds come up with these tiny tiny jots and tittles.

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    EricWJohn

    over 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    This is unbelievable! How many cops wouldn't applaud bosses -- especially their chief!! -- who got out and actually did police work rather than hanging out in the "ivory tower" all the time. Kudos to the chief! And shame on those who would back such a ridiculous complaint!

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    I need more info...

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