The Priorities of the Bargaining Unit
Maybe it’s just an overzealous union leader, but it’s hard to believe that this isn’t a parody:
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. …
… the union president said the chief, as member of management, should not actively root out crime or randomly patrol neighborhoods while off duty because it violates union agreements that protect rank-and-file officers’ employment. The union is concerned city administrators will have more leverage to lay off police officers because “Chief Duffy will step in” and do the work, Sgt. Martin said.
Somehow, the principle that labor agreements should come before public safety, and anything that increases the latter, doesn’t seem quite right. One might even call it immoral and wonder whether collective bargaining in the public sector doesn’t tend toward that sort of view.