Borough of Carteret and Police Benevolent Association Local 47
In P.E.R.C. No. 2016-28, the Commission found that the Borough violated the Act by disciplining a police officer after he made comments at a public meeting concerning union-related issues. The Commission found that the comments were protected given the totality of the exchange, which concerned union-related issues discussed off-duty in a public meeting in the officer’s capacity as a union representative. The Commission characterized two of the officer’s comments as inappropriate and disrespectful, but found that those comments were made as part of an overall heated exchange with the Mayor and could not be viewed in a vacuum.