Deputy Sheriffs Not Policemen Under Pa. Law, Court Affirms

Law360, Philadelphia (May 2, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled Thursday that the members of the Allegheny County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association do not count as policemen for collective bargaining purposes, but instead fall under the state’s Pennsylvania Public Employee Relations Act.

Following a remand order from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a five-judge panel concluded in a split decision that the Allegheny County unit should not be treated differently from other deputy sheriffs in the state just because it is within a certain class of county.

The decision upholds the initial finding...
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