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Pittsburgh police union leader: Another grievance possible over Beyonce concert

Jason Cato
| Saturday, May 28, 2016, 3:36 p.m.
Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
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Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

The president of Pittsburgh's police union said Saturday he will file a labor grievance against the city if on-duty officers are ordered to work traffic details on the North Shore during the Beyonce concert.

Chief Cameron McLay has said the city secured enough off-duty volunteers to work at the concert, scheduled for Tuesday night at Heinz Field.

McLay has said he will send a detailed breakdown of police resources devoted to traffic control and allow city officials to decide what costs to absorb and what to bill to Heinz Field management.

Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler declined to comment.

Robert Swartzwelder, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge 1, said that forcing on-duty officers to work the traffic detail would violate the union's collective bargaining agreement.

All gates will open at 5:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 3:30 p.m., though parking is limited around Heinz Field.

Heinz Field management is encouraging concert-goers to take public transportation to the venue.

Fans who park in stadium lots will receive trash and recycling bags. Tents and glass containers are among the items prohibited.

Parking is available in the West General Robinson Garage, the North Shore Garage, at parking garages Downtown, at Station Square and at Allegheny Center. Fans who park Downtown can ride the North Shore Connector for free to Heinz Field.

The NFL's bag policy is in effect for the concert, which limits fans to a clear plastic bag the size of a one-gallon plastic bag or a small, hand-held purse clutch.

Jason Cato is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7936 or jcato@tribweb.com.

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