Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Mike Huss said today that the city will appeal an arbitration decision that requires it to pay on-duty officers sent to special events at the same, higher rate as off-duty officers hired by the venues themselves.
The Sept. 30 decision came after two officers filed grievances, noting that when they are assigned to patrol events such as Steelers, Pirates and Penguins games as part of their shift, they were making often making less than the off-duty officers who worked alongside them. Off-duty officers who are hired by venues are paid at a time-and-a-half rate, with the venues footing the bill.
Mr. Huss said he made the decision after consultation with the acting police Chief Regina McDonald and city solicitor Dan Regan.
Sgt. Mike LaPorte, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 1, could not be reached for immediate comment.
Moriah Balingit: email@example.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee. First Published October 9, 2013 11:01 AM