The Scranton Times has reported that an arbitrator has ruled that the City of Scranton owes its police officers nearly a quarter of a million dollars in back pay for failing to read the calendar correctly. Apparently, Mayor Chris Doherty’s administration made a very costly mistake for the taxpayers of Scranton. The story goes on to explain that the administration acted in “bad faith” when it failed to pay its workers for a rare 27th pay period in 2004.
It is a shame that working families in Scranton had to wait four years to receive a paycheck due to them.
This comes on the heels of another ruling stating that the City of Scranton can go forward with its recovery plan. Labor likely fears that this decision will be used to bust the police and fire unions in Scranton. Time will tell. At least the police can finally get their pay for 2004.