Onorato Lashes Out Against ‘Super Bowl Flu’ At County Jail

By Marty Griffin, KDKA Investigator

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato is lashing out against corrections officers who called off sick over the Super Bowl Weekend.

“Grow up. You got a job, go to work, you’re getting paid,” said Onorato.

Onorato says nearly 160 corrections officers called off between Saturday and Monday morning. Onorato says 80 called off Super Bowl Sunday alone.

“They now have to produce a medical excuse. If they don’t have a medical excuse there will be disciplinary action taken because this is something that the taxpayers don’t want to see – I don’t want to see it and it does send the wrong message to everybody – including our other workers,” he said.

Onorato tells the KDKA Investigators that overtime is paid to corrections officers called to cover shifts for officers who call off. Onorato says the call-offs from last weekend could cost taxpayers in excess of $30,000

“You got hired to be there on this day to do a job and you’re getting paid by the taxpayers. You got nice benefits, you have health insurance,” Onorato added. “People would love to have that job. If you’re not going to show up then don’t take the job.”

Union leaders have been unavailable to comment on the Super Bowl call-offs. However, union leaders have stated in the past that officers face a dangerous, stressful job.

Union leaders also say most corrections officers do not use all of their sick days and do not call off on Super Bowl Sunday.

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  1. MikeA says:

    Who cares. It’s a rare event. Even the prisoners watch the game. This is a non story.

  2. Allegheny County Employee says:

    If they have sick time, how can they take disciplinary action against them. They have to PROVE the workers were not actually sick. Good Luck Onorato !!

    1. Dan Mascaro says:

      That is the reason the have to have a medical exuce. There is your proof.

  3. JOHNW says:

    THAT’S THE STUPIDEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD– MIKEA– GET REAL IF SOMETHING HAD HAPPENED TO GO WRONG AND PEOPLE WERE HURT O GOD FORBID KILLED OVER THE WEEKEND YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST TO CONDEMN WHAT THE EMPLOYEES DID. THEY SHOULD ALL BE SUBJECT TO DISCIPLINARY REVIEW.

  4. Jimmy says:

    People need to show up for their jobs. This is costing real money ($30,000 according to the article) to taxpayers.

    I applaud Dan Onorato for protecting taxpayer interests and calling these people on the carpet. If they can’t show up for work, fire ’em and let’s get people who want to work.

    Shame on the union leaders if they want to protect people who do not take their job responsibilities seriously.

  5. Mike says:

    Fire every one of them!

  6. dt says:

    Ironically, Luke Ravenstahl wasn’t at work on Friday or Monday because he went to the Superbowl – were those sick days? Just wondering.

    1. Yup says:

      Not that I have any support for SteelerStahl, but he is not in charge of monitoring potentially dangerous criminals. Those guys need to come to work. If it’s so “stressful and dangerous” to work there, then why would someone pulling overtime be safe? Doctors shouldn’t work 24 hours straight, because they can become tired and unfocused. Correctional officers need a break too because they also need to be focused and alert.

    2. Matt says:

      don’t forget that Onorato was on the same plane coming back from Dallas on Monday. How can he make these statements when he was at the game. Isn’t he being paid a nice salary to be at work?

  7. UnionYes says:

    The Unions will protect the workers. That is what unions do, PROTECT the slackers who are LAZY. Unfortunately Unions are necessary to protect workers from abuse and unfair work practices…however the Unions make it nearly impossible to discipline or fire someone. What is sad is that when a worker is ACTUALLY SICK the day before a holiday or an event like this, no one believes them because lazy workers take advantage. Real world…bottom line, UNIONS PROTECT and REWARD LAZY WORKERS. Sorry, it’s true.

  8. RJ says:

    I REFUSE TO PAY DON CORLEONI FOR JOB PROTECTION

  9. gingerboots says:

    Dan Onorato went to the Superbowl, did he not? Who paid his bill?

    1. gingerboots says:

      looks like their “campaign funds” footed their bill. Now, where do those “campaign funds” come from, Dan?

      1. Yup says:

        These elected officials aren’t in charge of monitoring dangerous criminals.

  10. Scott says:

    It is really enjoyable to read all these comments supporting these union members who do not respect or feel they should act extensionally on the job. I am a union member, not of this union, and i am embarrassed every time union employees act like the little kids they are. Everyone knows that none of these employees were sick, they were to busy getting drunk while doing something more important than their job, at least in their minds. If a sporting event is more important than their job then they should just quit so they can attend any sporting event they wish. Then maybe someone who wants a job and can act professionally can have the job. But the union will back these slackers and it will further embarrass the good union members who care about their jobs and act professionally..

    1. Ryan says:

      Give me a break. LIke you have never used a sick day and weren’t actually sick. I find that hard to believe. I’m in a union too and use about 5 of my sick days as vaction days. I mean who does now a days. Its not like he cares about taxes anyways. Hes still mad that no one voted him in as Gov

  11. Duckdaddy says:

    This always bothers me, where i work you get sick days and when you use them people at work get mad. Boo hoo

  12. Scott says:

    This is not a case of people using their sick days for a legitimate reason, they wanted to party and watch a sporting event. I guess If they were truly sick they will have a medical excuse, otherwise they were home doing the only thing union workers in pittsburgh do best, get drunk and watch the stealers.

  13. Yup says:

    That’s what a “call off” usually is. People that were scheduled to work, calling in and saying they are “too sick to come to work.”

  14. RJ says:

    DAN THE TAX MAN WHAT A JOKE LOL, IT’S A SHAME THAT SOME FOLKS USE THIER UNION FOR EXCEPTIONS WHEN THERE ARE SOME HARDWORKING PEOPLE THAT JUST WANT TO BE PROTECTED AND DO NOT HIDE BEHIND THIER UNION.
    THE ABUSERS ARE GIVING UNIONS A BAD NAME

  15. autismmom says:

    This is just bad as the two hour delay for the schools, to accommodate peoples hangover

  16. true hypocrite says:

    What a hypocrite. The same man that goes to the Superbowl on campaign funds with the boyblunder is going to critize these workers? Did you not take off of work Friday and take off Monday? What kind of days did you use? What about your trip to the Stanley Cup finals? Why not attack the city fire department that have SCHEDULED call offs to share overtime throughout the department???? Oh yeah, that’s right, because there overtime goes into their salary and towards their fifty percent pension. You would never call out the fire department because they are one of the FEW entities that voted for you. Thank god you did not win the Governorship. I think it’s hilarious that you did not even win your county. Guess that tells you what the people you “serve” think about you!!! You can’t be gone soon enough Danny boy.

  17. Report the Facts says:

    Funny thing is Marty Griffin never reports the complete story. Online yesterday he showed a video of the former union vice president from 2 years ago and had the current union leaders name listed with it.

    Did Marty Griffin state that there may have been $24,000 in ot for that one day but it is all budgeted for with the sick days that the Corrections Officers earn every year?

    Did Marty Griffin inform the public that the inmate population was permitted to stay out of their cells well past normal lock up times to watch the Superbowl and the AFC championship game? Maximum security inmates that under normal routine lock up at 8pm were permitted to stay out until the conclusion of the game. There were fights that day, there were inmates that refused to lock up when ordered to do so, yet they still permitted the general population to stay out to watch the football game. There was ot created that day due to Corrections Officers being forced to escort inmates to a local hospital after a fight, how about that Marty Griffin? What do you think these inmates victims or the victims families would think of this?

    What about all of the county leaders having Steeler and Penguin pep rallies and parties, who pays for that? Is that official government business?
    Who paid for Onorato to go to the Superbowl btw?
    Did he use a sick day on Sunday?

    1. Report the Facts says:

      Did he use a sick day on Sunday?…I meant Monday, sorry

  18. chuckie says:

    marty and Dan and Luke are all weasels. Overtime should be budgeted in to any company or business that issues them. If you have 500 hundred employess and each get 5-10 sick days a competent person doing the budget has to figure all these days in, if they are not all used its a positive, if they are all used its already budgeted for. Dan O how many sick days does he get? punch in and out? dont think so. All these politicians are hypocrites. Campaign money pays for their way or handouts from the Rooneys, who taxpayers built their stadium. Sick of union bashing when they use their benefits. At least Port Authority didnt have the same problem…..but soon there will be no busses or service anyway to the people who rely on it.

  19. Jimmy says:

    This whole situation is why it can be appealing to outsource this kind of service to outside companies who may not be so beholden to or constrained by public unions. I don’t want to see a whole set of people lose their jobs but eventually there is a real chance that a private company will be able to provide better service at less cost and headache.

    It is a valid point that our politicians are hypocrites who take favors from the Steelers, Pens, etc and then can set or influence policy that benefit the Steelers, Penguins and others. At least the politicians stand for election and we can vote them out. Their hypocrisy and self centered behavior does not excuse people who are shirking their job responsibilities.

  20. Scott says:

    This is so much fun to read all the post trying to defend these unions for their childish unprofessional behavior. But it just goes to show the union mentality, which is exactly that, UNPROFESSIONAL..Again, if attending a sporting event or just watching in on TV and getting drunk is more important than having a job, then let someone who wants a job and is professional have it. I again applaud the union for standing up for these slackers because it shows what the union mentality is.

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