Harrisburg’s Police Union files grievance against city, upset over not working outdoor show

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Harrisburg Police Officers said they are missing out on external work pay, which is separate from overtime pay, by not working at the Great American Outdoor Show this week.

It’s big time money and they want to recoup it.

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse told us back in January that city police officers will not work this year’s outdoor show hosted by the NRA.

The mayor said they could not reach an agreement.

“In previous years two-thirds of the off-duty police officers were from the City of Harrisburg,” said Jeremy Greene of the NRA.

Greene said this year the association had to turn to plan B.

“We used those relationships with Dauphin County and brought in additional police officers from other townships,” Greene said.

FOP Lodge 12 filed a grievance against the city for $95,000 because police officers will not have an opportunity to work this year.

“This outdoor show is something that the Harrisburg Police Officers have been working for 30 years,” said Jason Brinkley, President of FOP Lodge 12.

“There is a standing agreement between the city and FOP referencing external employment and it’s for any employment outside of your regular hours through a third party vendor. They can be working at the hospital or different downtown functions,” Brinkley said.

Meanwhile, the NRA says this year’s show will go on.

“This building is secure and it will go off without a hitch for attendees,” Greene said.

Brinkley said it will take several months before the grievance is resolved.

The Great American Outdoor Show begins Saturday at the Pa. Farm Show.

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