No Good Deed Goes Unbullied by the Union

For his Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, a 17-year-old junioar at Southern Lehigh High School, spent 250 hours over several weeks clearing a path at his local park so people could enjoy walking and biking along the river. What did he get for this good deed?

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."

Link - via Michelle Malkin


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"there’s to be no volunteers."

I'm sorry you can't just claim an organization deny volunteers. Volunteering by nature is a decision by a 3rd party, the choke hold the union has does not cover every person that comes in contact with the city. Volunteers also work for free which removes any civil suits as no money changed hands. If it were me I would toss the whole union and put the boy scouts to work. It seems they actually want to do it.
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"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"

Hey Ed, let's play the blame game.
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Everyone is making my point. Name calling and generally being jerks to one another. No respectful dialogue or fairness in argument.

Great choice of story for a site that usually cheers people up and stimulates the imagination.

Maybe Neatorama can start linking directly to Drudge and Huffington stories everyday, that will make this a really fun site to visit.
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