PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you found it tougher than usual Tuesday to get an on-street parking spot in Pittsburgh, you were not alone.
Many spots were claimed early by drivers after the Pittsburgh Parking Authority grounded it’s contingent of enforcement officers today because of the weather.
The same thing will be true Wednesday, when the men and women who dole out the parking tickets again won’t be working.
Tuesday night, a group of half a dozen parking enforcement officers met with KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti in Bloomfield.
Fearing repercussions, they did not want to be identified.
They say the Parking Authority wants them to either work the next two Saturdays to make up for Tuesday and Wednesday, or, take personal days or paid vacation days in lieu of the days lost because of the frigid weather.
“We’re not being paid for this,” one employee said.
Several employees said they couldn’t work weekends because of other family commitments, and the Parking Authority is now violating their union contract.
They said despite the cold, they’d be willing to be out in the cold, making their rounds.