Skip to comments.Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown (SEIU)
Posted on 11/15/2009 10:55:31 AM PST by Born Conservative
In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.
Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city's largest municipal union.
Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.
"We'll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails," Balzano told the council.
Balzano said Saturday he isn't targeting Boy Scouts. But given the city's decision in July to lay off 39 SEIU members, Balzano said "there's to be no volunteers." No one except union members may pick up a hoe or shovel, plant a flower or clear a walking path.
"We would hope that the well-intentioned efforts of an Eagle Scout candidate would not be challenged by the union," said Mayor Ed Pawlowski in an e-mail Friday. "This young man is performing a great service to the community. His efforts should be recognized as such."
Balzano said Saturday the union is still looking into the matter and might cut the city a break.
"We are probably going to let this one go," Balzano said .
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The parks, paths, trails, etc. on public land belong to the public, not SEIU. They have no rights to them or to any jobs connected to them - or to anything else. Should the city see fit to hire someone into a union shop, then the union can negotiate their salary, benefits, etc. But they have no right to the work in the first place. God bless the town that can find civic-minded volunteers to contribute to their community and help save everyone money.
SEIU apparently didn’t get Obama’s message on service.
That kid just took away a years work for dozens of SEIU members.
Let’s call it as it is...just another selfish union SOB.
Some people are clueless about public relations.
“We are probably going to let this one go,” Balzano said, as two brain synapses unexpectedly fired simultaneously in the union leader’s head causing a massive migraine. Such an event is rare and may cause the rank-and-file to revolt.
And we will be looking right back at you, you son of a bitch. Believe it.
funny and true
Hey Balzano, how about you and the rest of SEIU start filling graves?
The union in Contra Costa County CA put a stop to some parents volunteering at their children’s school on the same argument.
> “We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.
This retired Boy Scout does not respond well to threats. Few do.
Their arrogance is almost beyond words. Can you imagine what would have happened if this was an issue when Jared did his Eagle Scout project? The community we were in would have fought the union tooth & nail.
I doubt that SEIU members would ever pick up a shovel or a hoe for the amount this soon to be eagle scout was willing to....
It’s a good thing I’m not dictator for a day. We might be missing a labor union.
Have your boss tell that to "Mr Volunteer" 0bamy the next time he visits the White House.
SEIU says No one except union members may pick up a hoe
THAT should be on posters all over town.
The union for illegal aliens has decided to PERMIT a US boy scout to work for free -but JUST THIS ONCE....!
Now that is rich..!