Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Obama's Favorite Union Targets Boy Scout

This one is from Michelle Malkin.

Hey, you know all that high-minded talk from President Obama about calling young people to serve their country?

Well, if it conflicts with Big Labor’s interests, children, there’s a new message: Knock it off!

The Purple Shirted-thugs of the Service Employees International Union — ACORN’s alter ego and Obama’s most frequent visitor — are going after an Eagle Scout who poses a threat to their workers because he’s volunteering too much.

From the Allentown Morning Call:

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.

Care to comment, President Obama? Or do SEIU thug-in-chief Andy Stern and his “persuasion of power” trump your service message to kids?


Linda November 17, 2009 at 3:21 PM  

This is one of the biggest problems in our great country. People used to take it upon themselves to right a wrong, clean up a mess, take care of their family, and neighbors, all without the government interfering. Now, we can't do anything without the government interfering. When did they think they have to control our entire lives?

No Subject November 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

This is a clear example of how the unions care more about themselve than the do their own communities, let alone their country.

And that is just one of the many reasons I do not want work for a union company unless I have absolutely have too. If I end up for some unfortunate reason having to work for a union company, you can bet I will challenge the union on how much of my money that they take as dues go for anything other than that which is specifically job related.

fuzzys dad November 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

Union thugs doing what they do best pushing people around.

Bungalow Bill November 17, 2009 at 3:42 PM  

Doesn't the SEIU just give you warm fuzzies? Over at my blog I celebrate Chicago losing a $250 million economic stimulus thanks to the union at McCormick place. It's the same greedy principals that cause the SEIU to scold this Boy Scout.

WoFat November 17, 2009 at 4:09 PM  

Without unions America would be in awful shape. Oh the other hand, WITH unions American s in terrible shape.

Miss T.C. Shore November 17, 2009 at 6:38 PM  

Excellent observation, WoFat. Unions did an invaluable service to working Americans in the first half of the 20th century. I the last half, they've done everything they can to destroy America and American businesses. If they suddenly went away, too many large corporations would likely take advantage of workers. Unless they go away, they'll like destroy any chance of America having a solid manufacturing base, again.

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