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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.

  • Tieton_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Seriously? no wonder people are starting to question the usefulness of unions.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Where in the Sam Hill has common sense gone these days ?!?!?!

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'm definitely not defending the unions actions here, but you should know the root of some of this: The CITY insisted that the Chief be not part of the bargaining unit. In return, an agreement was made that the position of Chief should be classified as managerial rather than supervisory. Now that push came to shove, the union exercised what it thought was its only option--which just makes them look idiotic. The mayor I'm sure is laughing his head off.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Armed and on duty 24/7. Politics......

  • K9-wallpaper_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Get real union....ridiculous! How would it look if someone needed a backup and he was off duty and there. I guess he couldn't act bec that wasn't negotiated either......Stupid!!!!!!!

  • Btjustice_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Unreal !

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    I seem to have missed something, here. The Chief wears the same badge, although maybe a different color, gold as opposed to rhodium.
    He carries he same sidearm. He took the same oath of office. He paid his dues on the street. He has, probably, more experience than the majority of Officers now criticizing him.
    What are these guys thinking?
    The *only* reason I can think that they've "got their hockey hot" is the remote possibility that he hasn't gained, and maintained, his MPN through PA Act 120. Otherwise, he's a LEO 24/7 and has a duty to suppress crime as he encounters it!
    As a retired PA LEO, Thank you, Chief, for some "heads up" work. I, for one, am proud of you.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    On reading some of your comments here, maybe yall should boot and reboot your unions when they become a useless burden. A union should be a by leos for leos, caring, supportive, cooperative, friendly place of learning and protection for its members with utmost respect for its specific area.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    The union men pushing this complaint are the only Good Leos thatve ever disappointed me. I feel endangered as a public citizen knowing that If an off dufy chief of police see's me being victomized. He may think twice before getting involved due to your unions wreckless actions. Thanks. Thanks allot.
    Cops not cops when theyre off duty. What is this? A third world country

  • Im000112_max50


    over 3 years ago


    WTF is a collective bargaining unit? What idiot would pass legislation that limits arrest powers to members of some union? That gives unions way more power than they should have. Any peace officer should have the power and duty to arrest any person caught breaking the law or who is a fugitive from justice. This is the kind of crap that unions usually try to keep from the public because the public wouldn't take it very well if they knew that many cops were not doing thier duty because of some union rule. Years ago I worked for a county sheriff who wished to limit liability. This sheriff actually forbade any deputy, who was off duty, from rendering assistance to any police officers who were in need of assistance. The resulting outcry from area police departments and the general public put a quick end to this assinine policy. I put the union collective bargaining unit policy is the same basket of ill-advised polices

  • Aaa_max50


    over 3 years ago


    No Chief is ever "off duty".. This kind of foolishness keeps the court docket overwhelmed.

  • Image_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump tooley135... Really???

  • 020_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Last comment on this topic, it just keeps pissing me off.. To all unions and members if you can not support the people who do the work with out paying the dues that no longer covers what it was intended for.. Spouse support aquired on the job injuries.ext. Now we pay for dumb asses to represent union grievences..The union is no longer like it was, members of the union were not paid they did the work on thier time to assist fellow employees with dificulties. To read about new fileings of complaints.Is wasting money and time on sh'' they feel is important like some one doing thier job without being on the clock..I dont know if this chief had to clock,sign,or log in but was is considered off duty?What does the union have to do with a non member chief anyways..I have had my arguements with the unions,and know it is all about MONEY.. That sickens me..
    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO CHIEF you are aprecieated... We need more LEO's like you and less unions like the one represnting Pn.

  • Bcpdpatch2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'm all for unions, especially in our line of work, but these cry-babies are the ones that ruin it for the rest of us. Good for the Chief.

  • Yellow_brick_road_090508_008_max50


    over 3 years ago



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