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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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    Texlawman

    over 3 years ago

    650 Comments

    How Stupid! I guess they not real police up there! How Petty!! No wonder this country is in such a mess with dumb liberal thinking like this, good grief! I belonged to a idiot union, they never did squat for us but take our money! They should be disbanded, now they sound like the worthless ACLU.

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    TxLeo1210

    over 3 years ago

    28 Comments

    This is complete horses()*^ . You gotta be kidding me Cops complaining on Cops doing Cop work. UNBELIEVABLE. Those guys better be glad I don't work there. If these guys want him to ignore his oath than that tells me that they are willing to ignore theirs and they are the ones who don't need to be out there. Either your a cop because you truly want to make things better or your not, and if your not we don't freakin need you.

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    rickkd6

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    .......and at least the Chief is more concerned with doing his job than worrying about not getting paid for every move he makes doing what he swore an oath to do. Sounds like a good cop to me.

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    rickkd6

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    If the union is in place for the good of it's members it would have to boot all involved in an action this rediculous. The Mayor needs to grow a pair. It's time to send all of those that run our political system back to the private sector and replace them with people from the working class that know how to do a job well. This kind of garbage just blows my mind.

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    forensicinvestigator

    over 3 years ago

    252 Comments

    RnG78.......maybe I'm missing something here but what has this action got to do with the Chief being on the mayor's shit list? If I read the article correctly, the city is part of the grievance BY the union, not WITH the union. The chief and the mayor are on the same side here.......unless I don't understand the written English language. The mayor didn't bring the action....the union did. Dumbass readers.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    seriously

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    fire2gether

    over 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    This is truly a JOKE....Any officer regardless of rank has sworn an oath, union or not, your sworn to protect and uphold the law...and the union wants only certain officers to do their job?.....Think this Union should back off and let this dept. do their job......I can't even believe that this is really happening

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Silly. Union should retract it immediately and offer explanation

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    dthom5303

    over 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    Truly sad. When I was Chief of a small Department, I was the follow up investigator, frequently primary officer if we got backed up, adminstrator and secretary. I generally did all the jobs and I basically expected my officers to do the same. I was an LT in a larger department but even as an administrative officer I had more DUI arrests than the patrol LT's. Even my Chief of that dept made arrests. This is the most pathetic grievance I have seen, and I have seen a few.

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    gcoleman

    over 3 years ago

    2382 Comments

    Absurd is right. infighting/politics between union and admin gone public in bad way. Pick our battles wisely.

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    krakin_13

    over 3 years ago

    470 Comments

    First and foremost i don't work for a union and i have no real desire to, i respect and appreciate what they 'Have' done for the workers of this country but i believe they are in their twilight years, the world has changed and the labor unions want to hold on to the same power scheme they had in the seventies.

    Just as one bad officer gives the entire profession a bad name, one bad Union Rep gives all unions a bad name, poor decisions lead to a loss of faith.

    Sorry for the ramble, moving on now.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Turf war by a police union?! This mentality hurts police officers and what hurts them will ultimately hurt the people they're sworn to protect. This is some twisted logic and it's the sort of thinking and event that turns people against unions. Glaring classic example of counterproductive action...still shaking my head. The bad guys love this kind of stupid.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    This is the most twisted logic I've ever read on the part of police officers' union. This sort of maneuver is what turns fence-sitters against any union activity...it's unreasonable, nothing more than a turf-guarding mentality that will ultimately hurt officers and what hurts them ultimately hurts also the public they are sworn to protect. Unbelievable.

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    vigil32

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    I would be emabarrased to be a part of your union. Embarrased. Lower your heads gentlemen.

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    vigil32

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    This is one of the dumbest actions ever taken by a union. You should lose your agreement over this. You are the people giving unions bad names. My god, pull the bullet out of your pocket and a be cops.

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