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SEIU vs. an Eagle Scout.....what next?

steven 2009/11/18 07:44:16
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 .

The possible entanglement of a local Boy Scout in a union dispute underscores the frustration and anger SEIU members feel after being the lone city union to suffer layoffs in the ongoing financial crisis. It may also serve as a preview of future labor battles as the city tries to outsource some necessary jobs as a result of the layoffs.

Anderson, a junior and varsity soccer player at Southern Lehigh High School, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 301 of Center Valley.

He got the idea for the trail while taking hikes along the partially complete, 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. He noticed there were a few missing connections to the trail in Kimmets Lock Park, which is on the Lehigh River near Dauphin Street. He already has logged 250 hours trying to carve out a walking and biking trail along the river.

"I decided to do my part in completing this part of the trail. In that way, others could enjoy walking along the river, without having to walk on the busy road," Anderson said in an e-mail Friday.

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  • gtstc 2009/11/18 07:53:10 (edited)
    gtstc
    +11
    lets see, During the campaign SEIU/ Acorn was all about volenteering time, support and telling people to do what is right and to help each other out. Well I guess we can tell who trained BO now cant we. Do all his affiliates have this many faces?
    This is the most pathetic display of greed I have ever seen.

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  • Dave 2010/08/06 17:07:18
    Dave
    +3
    What we are looking at here is whether someone who had a job and was laid off and now is most likely on unemployment to support a family should be replaced by a non paid volunteer with no family to support. This is not greed it is the reality of life in the recession. When the city is laying off workers, they should not be destroying the livelihood of a family by giving the work to non paid volunteers.
  • Darkitec 2010/06/16 03:14:53 (edited)
    Darkitec
    Might let the city off? I have two words for the SEIU, Fu$* and You!!!!!!!

    I wonder just how long it would have taken these skilled Union workers to complete the same task this Boy Scout undertook?
    If other government work is any indication it would have taken 3 times as long and cost twice the original estimate.
    Perhaps the city should fire the entire department and let other volunteers do their work.
  • eyemall 2010/05/25 13:36:16
    eyemall
    If they had been asked to clear this walkway(SEIU) their tears would have washed the underbrush away. They would have cried that is below us to do something like this.I worked for a indusrial service company and we performed some work for a company. The union members there complained and threatened to file a grievance against us for the work we perfomed.In the end they didnt because the company we did the work for proved that the union members had refused to do the work several times. Mainly because it was to nasty for them to do.Unions are good at this.
  • Charles E 2010/05/17 20:05:21
    Charles E
    +1
    No rational person should have any objection to a Scout , or anyone else, helping improve the community. This only shows that SEIU is about power and money only.
    I personally suspect that they would have objected if none of their members had been laid off. The layoffs are only an excuse to complain about their loss of dues money.
  • schoolteacher 2010/02/01 22:37:50
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/01/01 06:54:54
    jackolantyrn356
    +1
    Yep! Break the faces of the Americans we can hide our identity in the crowd.
  • Beccy 2009/12/31 06:21:02
    Beccy
    +1
    I would really have to have more information on this situation before I can comment . Was this something that the scout asked to do or did he just do it? It appears that there may have been some discrimination going on if SEIU was the only union facing lay offs. I live in a state where there has been alot of subcontracting going on. Trust me it is not cheaper and the subcontracter don't do a better job. Just come to MIchigan and see our pot holes. SEIU is also very into community service and if the scouts wanted a trail, the members would have probably helped build it.
  • fuzzy K... Beccy 2010/02/05 18:03:22
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +2
    An Eagle Scout project must be proposed and accepted by an Eagle adviser. Any work done on public land must meet certain guidelines to be approved by whichever body oversees that space.
    Had the Scout asked the SEIU for volunteers he may or may not have gotten them, but that is not the point. The point is that is was a small project that benefited the community and allowed the boy to learn a great deal about planning, organizing and fund-raising.
    Why is the SEIU making a political issue out of it? The laid off members would have been laid off Eagle Project or not.
  • Charles E fuzzy K... 2010/05/17 20:09:35
    Charles E
    +2
    It is in fact a political issue more than a union issue. The union wants all their jobs to be for life so the union can justify higher dues collected from the workers to be used to campaign for politicians who support unions.
  • Sawdust_128 2009/11/22 21:27:01
    Sawdust_128
    +2
    Just wait. Before the left is done with it, death panel membership will be a union job.
  • no1badboy56 2009/11/22 16:34:17
    no1badboy56
    +2
    Draw and quarter the little bastard, how dare he doing something for his community for FREE.
  • sglmom 2009/11/22 06:46:58
    sglmom
    +4
    See .. the message of the SEIU is that there is to be ...

    NO "Volunteerism" ... NO GIVING of one's time/effort to improve anything around them ...

    In other words ..

    WE, the SEIU DEMAND That you PAY our Exorbitant, Stranglehold Corrupt Union Structure .. our PAID enforcers .. or Paid (and extorted) 'members' to go there and make sure that we can BILL YOU for the lack of doing anything at all ...


    We do NOT want anyone to be generous, giving .. willing to be there with others or make any place 'safe' for others to use. THAT gives a bad message .. we can't allow you to NOT Line our Pockets at the Taxpayers' expense!



    SHEESH -- and this is one of the SPONSORS of the CURRENT Corruption within the Beltway too!
  • Beccy sglmom 2009/12/31 06:23:41
    Beccy
    +2
    SEIU is really into giving back to their community and I am sure if the scouts wanted a trail they would have been more then willing to help them build it.
  • sglmom Beccy 2009/12/31 07:22:58
    sglmom
    +1
    OH ... my .. love the witty sarcasm in this response!
  • Beccy sglmom 2009/12/31 15:55:27
    Beccy
    +1
    I wasn't using sarcasm. SEIU does alot in our community for free
  • sglmom Beccy 2009/12/31 22:06:38
    sglmom
    +2
    Where I've been (and this includes Military Bases around this great nation) -- there is NO Generosity in SEIU .. they do NOT volunteer for anything at all ..
  • Beccy sglmom 2009/12/31 22:10:24
    Beccy
    +2
    In my community all the unions do community services. Work on playgrounds, build ramps help old people with repairs. It is really a great thing. Unions are giving back to the community they live in.
  • sglmom Beccy 2009/12/31 22:18:57
    sglmom
    +2
    Where I'm at .. the BIGGEST .. truest .. most reliable (always reliable) source of VOLUNTEERS is the VETERANS .. the Military Servicemembers and their Families. It is the MILITARY that is the best at giving back -- to communities here in the US .. as well as worldwide -- no union has ever matched that .. ever. (and on all the efforts I've volunteered at both in my local community as well as near the farm .. NOT ONE union has ever even bothered to reply -- much less do something like volunteering.)
  • Beccy sglmom 2009/12/31 22:32:20
    Beccy
    +2
    I'm sorry things are different in your community.
  • sglmom Beccy 2009/12/31 22:35:26
    sglmom
    +1
    my experience is based on being stationed in many locations -- the MILITARY is what the communities rely upon for ALL Their Volunteer needs .. and we (Military) do give generously too. THAT is the glue that holds everything needed together .. A GENEROUS Military Community.
  • steven sglmom 2010/02/02 00:14:28
    steven
    +2
    Agreed, and it's about time some quit standing in the way of our youth who want to do good.
  • steven Beccy 2010/02/02 00:13:06
    steven
    +2
    Glad to hear that. Wish it would rub off on other areas, too.
  • steven Beccy 2010/05/19 00:42:54
    steven
    Like fight off those pesky Eagle scouts who want to volunteer to help the community?
  • deewill... Beccy 2010/01/02 03:36:28
    deewillyfree
    +3
    And that's the way it should be. Individual members volunteering of their own free will.

    However, this union organization has amptly demonstrated their willingness to direct their membership to perform as the money-sucking leadership structure decides, in a decidedly Marxist style of organizing and comandeering of free will. They suck $$$ from the membership and give it to politicians of their choosing ~~ independent ~~ of the will of the membership. Further they have demonstrated a willingness to get physical when they are confronted with citizens who support opposing ideals.

    Big Difference.
  • Beccy deewill... 2010/01/02 05:27:19
    Beccy
    +1
    The money for politics comes out of a cope fund. Totally seperate from the dues. We have not had the union's side of the story about what happened at the town hall meeting. Very thing is not black and white. I am pretty upset about that myself.
  • deewill... Beccy 2010/01/02 23:03:08
    deewillyfree
    +2
    COPE funds are bullshit, though. It is nominally called voluntary, but at the affiliate level, the SEIU Union Boss Thugs, as of an amendment to union law summer '08, have put the strong arm on locals. It's probably why they have been requested to be investigated in that arena as well, by the DoL & DoJ.

    Check this out, from the National Right to Work Foundation,

    " Article XV, Section 18 of the union’s constitution now authorizes the SEIU’s national brass to fine local unions for failure to meet its annual SEIU COPE fundraising obligations. SEIU COPE is the union’s federal PAC, and the FEC lists it as the top labor union PAC with over $23 million in receipts for 2005-2006.

    However, federal labor law forbids unions from political fundraising through the imposition of mandatory financial penalties and it prohibits the conversion of union dues to “hard money.” In addition to asking for a Department of Labor investigation, the coercive nature of the amendment’s punitive mechanism violates core provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act, and warrants a Department of Justice criminal prosecution.

    The new amendment also appears to allow local affiliates to use nonmember employees’ mandatory dues payments to cover PAC contributions and the SEIU’s fines. While imposition of ...

    COPE funds are bullshit, though. It is nominally called voluntary, but at the affiliate level, the SEIU Union Boss Thugs, as of an amendment to union law summer '08, have put the strong arm on locals. It's probably why they have been requested to be investigated in that arena as well, by the DoL & DoJ.

    Check this out, from the National Right to Work Foundation,

    " Article XV, Section 18 of the union’s constitution now authorizes the SEIU’s national brass to fine local unions for failure to meet its annual SEIU COPE fundraising obligations. SEIU COPE is the union’s federal PAC, and the FEC lists it as the top labor union PAC with over $23 million in receipts for 2005-2006.

    However, federal labor law forbids unions from political fundraising through the imposition of mandatory financial penalties and it prohibits the conversion of union dues to “hard money.” In addition to asking for a Department of Labor investigation, the coercive nature of the amendment’s punitive mechanism violates core provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act, and warrants a Department of Justice criminal prosecution.

    The new amendment also appears to allow local affiliates to use nonmember employees’ mandatory dues payments to cover PAC contributions and the SEIU’s fines. While imposition of financial penalties for failure to make political contributions is illegal regardless of how those fines are spent, the use of funds derived from nonmembers’ fees for political purposes also violates those employees’ constitutional rights. "

    Beccy, the SEIU has been corrupted by Marxists ... what they are doing would be unconscionable to most Americans, but totally within the SEIU moral goalposts.
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  • steven deewill... 2010/01/04 12:10:28
    steven
    +1
    Informative. Thank you.
  • Dave deewill... 2010/08/06 17:10:37
    Dave
    +3
    You union busting reference (the guy who lobbied for the tobacco industry) is BS, COPE is voluntary in all unions.
  • deewill... Dave 2010/08/07 00:09:22
    deewillyfree
    Get a pair of glasses and read more closely. You missed the part where I said it is voluntary.

    COPE is voluntary by the SEIU slime bosses can fine the locals if the local doesn't meet the COPE target set by, (guess who?) the SEIU slimy thug executive. In that regard they behave very much like the ACORN slimy thugs.

    Face it .... Marxism is stamped all over this criminal union gangsterism just as it is all over ACORN and all over Obama and the Democrats. Marxist/Communist gangster thugs.

    It's the Chicago way.
  • steven Beccy 2010/02/02 00:12:09
    steven
    +1
    In this instance, that does not seem to be the case. Go to the link at the bottom of the article.
  • Charles E Beccy 2010/05/17 20:11:13
    Charles E
    +1
    I hope you are kidding. I would be less surprised if the union had paid pickets at the project.
  • Beccy Charles E 2010/05/17 23:32:46
    Beccy
    +1
    No SEIU does alot of community service. We are not all bad
  • Charles E Beccy 2010/05/19 00:23:48
    Charles E
    +1
    If you are talking about the union members I would agree. I doubt that many, and definitely not most, members objected to the scout working on his merit badge.
    If you are talking about the union bosses, they are the ones who threatened the town for allowing him to work on becoming an Eagle scout.
  • Beccy Charles E 2010/05/19 00:26:25
    Beccy
    I think most of the members would have helped him. SEIU promises the world to build power
  • Charles E Beccy 2010/05/19 00:30:26
    Charles E
    +1
    I agree that most members would have helped or at least supported him.
    I am not sure how much help a scout can have when working for an Eagle badge.
  • steven Beccy 2010/05/19 00:47:45
    steven
    At the expense of maybe losing their jobs or being called scabs?
  • Beccy steven 2010/05/19 03:37:43
    Beccy
    No the SEIU members in my community would help the Eagle scouts
  • gillahooley 2009/11/21 19:23:57
    gillahooley
    +2
    so the only people that can volunteer for anything has to be a union member, kinda defeats the purpose doesn't it
  • UseYourHead 2009/11/19 23:39:45
    UseYourHead
    +2
    WELCOME TO AMERICA 2009...HOME OF UNIONS THUGS, ACORN, WALL STREET GANGSTERS, SLUG TRIAL LAWYERS, CORRUPT POLITICIANS, A RADICAL SOCIALIST ADMINISTRATION, ILLEGAL ALIENS, A SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE ENVELOPED IN ARROGANCE AND ELITISM SO MUCH SO THAT SHE'S GOING TO PASS THE HEALTH CARE BILL BY CHRISTMAS AS A PRESENT TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE (ARE YOU F*CKING KIDDING ME? WE'RE BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE AND THAT'S A PRESENT TO US? YOU'RE NOT GIVING US ANYTHING. HEY NANCY, YOU WORK FOR US. PUBLIC SERVICE. DOES THAT MEAN ANYTHING?)
  • Dave UseYour... 2010/08/06 17:11:37
    Dave
    +1
    Still believing FOX news on ACORN are you, you are crazy!!

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