PITTSBURGH—An arbitrator says on-duty Pittsburgh police officers sent to work special events—including Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games and concerts—are entitled to the same higher rate of pay received by officers who are assigned to work such details while off-duty.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( http://bit.ly/1bttsa1) reports an arbitrator sided with officers who filed grievances, claiming the disparity violated the union's collective bargaining agreement with the city.

Officers assigned to the off-duty details receive time-and-a-half—or overtime pay—which is paid by the team or organization that hires them. The city had argued that on-duty officers, who are paid by the city and not working overtime, didn't deserve the extra pay.

City solicitor Dan Regan says the city law department is reviewing the decision before deciding whether to appeal to Common Pleas Court.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com