Pittsburgh Police Threaten Boycott of Winter Classic

Pittsburgh Police Officers who were expected to work on New Years Day were expecting to get paid Holiday Pay by the city.  Apparently that is not the case and it is causing problems.

Police Sergeant John Fisher provided an email to local television station Channel 4 in Pittsburgh that was sent to all of the officers scheduled to work the Winter Classic.  The email provided states:

“It is our position that we will not supply officers unless we receive the holiday pay rate.”

This creates the brewing possibility that the Pittsburgh Police Department make boycott providing security for the Winter Classic.  Sgt. Fisher is the officer in charge of the police detail for every Steelers game and in turn the Winter Classic as it takes place at the Steelers home venue Heinz Field.  The same email requested the offices to work at a reduced rate.  The Police Department has the option of assigning officers already scheduled to work that day to instead work at The Winter Classic but due to contractual obligations with the Union officers cannot be forced to work on a holiday.

There is plenty more to develop on this and I would be shocked if the city ended up not having enough officers on duty that day.

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