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Attention Law Enforcemtent LCO's!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by battags, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. battags

    battags LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 607

    As some of you know, and I know there are many others on LS like me, I am a full time cop and still maintain my lawn biz on the side. To put my situation into perspective, we work 12 hr shifts and I'm scheduled on nights.

    Anyway, a new chief takes the helm a few months back. Prior to being promoted to chief you could say that we had our differences. To make a long story short, he has officially given me notice to give up my side employment as an LCO. To clarify, my business has NEVER gotten in the way of my career in law enforcement. I never solicit business while on duty or close deals by announcing that I'm a cop. On top of that, I'm one of the most productive and proactive officers in the department.

    I dont see how they can regulate what I do off-duty, do any of you? It's not like I'm moonlighting as a bouncer in a titty-bar, selling booze, or working as a clerk in a porn video shop, right? I'm not a big 'union' guy, but I pay the dues and am filing a grievance.

  2. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 521

    Thats wrong. Your right to fight it.
  3. mowingmachine

    mowingmachine LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    How much does the union play a role in an after work type situation like this. I guess I can't see why this would be any of their buisness. If it is infact the union telling you this that is just one more reason why I want nothing to do with the union.

  4. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 953

    I think the unions role would be to help him keep the law enforcement job. It is not fair or right to threaten his law enforcement job because of outside, legal activities. That is where the union comes into play.
    And I always found it a bit ironic that people can say I'm not "a big 'union' guy" and actually blast a union but then go crying to that same union when they need help. Sometimes it's not "the union won't do anything for me." it's "the union won't do everything for me." Remember, the members ARE the union. At least here they are.
    A lot of my clients are union and I sure appreciate that. Without the union, many of them would not be able to afford my services.
    Good luck and I hope they can help you.
  5. dexpress

    dexpress LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    Isn`t it slavery when someone tells what you can do and carn`t do in your spare time. I thought Slavery was illegal??????
  6. Anthony-MB

    Anthony-MB LawnSite Member
    from georgia
    Messages: 109

    I know there are many cities and counties that prohibit their officers from work a 2nd job
    Mostly to prevent conflict of interest.

    I'm sure you can check your employee handbook/rules on working for another company (moonlighting)

    But there might be a loop hole - although you might not be allowed to receive a paycheck from working for a company that you do not own,
    There many not be any rule prohibiting you from owning a company and working it.

    Definitely check the rules on this and talk with your union
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570


    slavery??? that's really reaching.

    slavery is forced servitude without compensation. not even close to this situation....

    BUT i agree that you should file a grievance. I do not think that they can stop you from having any side jobs.
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    it's interesting to hear this situation
  9. Mowing Mike

    Mowing Mike LawnSite Member
    Messages: 95

    I would much rather, when it comes to a situation where someone life is in danger to have a law-enforcement officer that has had a good night (or days) sleep to handle the situation. You might not think it has ever affected you job but others around you may be able to tell that there were a few days that reaction or judgment was a little different. When you work 12 hr a day you can only work so much before it affects you. I think he has a point, and if he is the boss agree or move on. I had an employee once that work two jobs, most days he was fine but some a little tired. I think if you give someone that is tired like that a gun you will have problems.

  10. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 352

    battags......Hire a good lawyer (union should provide) and fight that to the end....dont give up....NOBODY can tell you when or where you can work in the USA.

    I love the USA :cool2:

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