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..!
True. As most FReepers know, an Eagle Scout project is something far beyond a few hours "community service". It's a whole program designed to teach young men how to organize, plan and execute a major community project. Everything is logged, teaching them organization and good business practices as part of the goal behind the project.
As a former Scout and also a former Scoutmaster for 15 years, I'm grateful for the support of so many good folks who stood by us, there is no shortage of criticism and attacks on the BSA but we used to tell the boys that that sort of thing "just builds character". One of them said, "Then Boy Scouts will have enough character for the whole country".
They stayed with us all the way through HS, pretty gutsy in today's PC world. Since the WOT, six of our Eagle Scouts have served in combat in Iraq, three are still serving, does this tell you something about character? They didn't bat an eye when they joined up either. This is what America is all about. Don't forget them, nor what the Boy Scouts of America stands for.
The SEIU is going to give gov’t a bad name for a vast majority of Americans.
Where can we get an army of these Scouts?
Indeed. Most of us view SEIU’s antics as mildly amusing, as this Scout does, I would suspect. What are they gonna’ do, throw him in union jail? :-)
By the time I got to Eagle, I was not the same kid. For good or ill, you are never the same. It's just the way that system works.
SEIU is simply a cheap sideshow on this deal. The real story, and it isn't uncommon, is the public service project and that a kid performed it. It does present a nice dichotomy.
Well connected (nobama, acorn, dem/libs, soros) thugs don’t need no stinkin public relations.
“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 .”
Well, that’s mighty big of them...despite the implied threat. It’s time to recognize the SEIU as the terrorist organization it truly is.
Naughty! You forgot: as with the US Marines, so with Boy Scouts.
"Once a Scout, Always a Scout."
> This is what America is all about. Don’t forget them, nor what the Boy Scouts of America stands for.
I do not see why most municipalities hire employees, other than for political patronage. It makes more sense to hire contractors to do the needed work, and pay them for the job, as such. No pensions, no benefits, no “make work” projects, and NO UNION. I understand that for every employee on the payroll, three votes are assured to the incumbent, but it’s time the taxpayer wakes up, and realizes how badly they are being hosed.
Nick’s office number: 610-437-1211
Nicks’ fax number: 610-437-1211
>>So 1 Eagle Scount can get do the work of 39 SEIU Couch Lice?
Yep, that’s the real point! Scares them to death to be found out.
"We'll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails."
And his office phone number is:
“’Hey kid!” “we’ze gonna give you one chance to join da’union,,p>Or’s else wee’ze gonna have some battin practice on youze knees!”
"People of the same trade seldom meet together even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public or some contrivance to raise prices." - Adam SmithThat quote is usually applied to corporations - but exactly how does it not apply to unions?
“SEIU says No one except union members may pick up a hoe”
He must be talking about the SEIU - ACORN connection...
ACORN sets 'em up in business, SEIU is the customer?
SEIU doesn’t Like the BOY SCOUTS.
Hopefully the kid will learn a valuable lesson from this and relocate to a state or country where this type of initiative will lead to personal success rather than persecution.
ACORN sets ‘em up in business, SEIU is the customer?
but we’re the ones who get screwed....
The SEIU joins the ACLU for being Scum.
Yeah, I bet you will you worthless, democrat pig.
I swear, who supports these damn SEIU/democrat party slimeballs?
Get f’d SEIU!
“They stayed with us all the way through HS, pretty gutsy in today’s PC world.”
Just a few short years ago the Boy Scouts were emblematic for all that was right with the US. The left have attempted to villify them throughout all of society and to poison their names, as they have done with anything that stands in the way of their perversions and attempts at government control/dependence.
God bless the Boy Scouts. And may they continue to do the same.
> That quote is usually applied to corporations - but exactly how does it not apply to unions?
I should have thought that self-evident. It applies to unions as much if not more than it does to corporations.
After all, what is a union but an incorporation of workers contracted to an entire industry? It is by very nature a monopoly if it can get its grubby claws into the industry deep enough.
Imagine if card check ever passes
(That's not their job!)
Both are Communist Front Organizations.
Another reason to oppose unions in all circumstances.