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I thought bosses who rolled up their sleeves were a good thing

By - Last modified: January 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM
Brent Burkey
Brent Burkey

And you think you have a crazy story about insane workplace rules?

This one just might take the cake. The police chief of Scranton technically isn't allowed to make arrests because he's not in the union.

The person at the center of the union grievance was the head cop. Which intuitively means he's a law enforcement officer by trade. And I'd hope that he'd then be the highest paid and at least among the most experienced staffers on the force.

But no arresting for him. The person in that position needs to call for backup and wait for a union officer to get there.

There are two ways to look at this situation.

One, from the conservative anti-union side: "This is an outrageous case of unions hamstringing businesses and government alike …"

The other, from the liberal pro-union side: "Man, this doesn't make us look good, does it?"

Like most issues, I'm sure there might be a bit more back story to this one.

But I just can't see any good coming from telling a cop not to be a cop.

Brent Burkey covers retail, tourism, and Lebanon and York counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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