Pennsylvania Union Leader Criticized for Threatening Legal Action Over Boy Scout's Volunteerism


A Pennsylvania union leader has come under fire after threatening legal action against the city of Allentown for allowing a Boy Scout to voluntarily clear a walking path in a local park.

Nick Balzano, president of the Service Employees International Union’s Allentown chapter, said last week that the union might file a grievance against the city for allowing 17-year-old Kevin Anderson to clear the hiking trail, instead of paying some of the 39 recently laid-off SEIU members to do the work.

Balzano’s office did not return messages left by, but the Morning Call quoted him as telling the city council that the union would be “looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails … There’s to be no volunteers.”


Kudos to the boys who not only helped one of their friends earn his Eagle Scout badge, but also for helping out their community. Our kids are told to go out and volunteer in their community and it is always wonderful to hear when they do, but why do some (ie Balzno) insist on crushing them (gee, and we wonder why some people dislike unions). If this should have been done by paid union workers, why didn’t he as the president of the union get a contract and do it? To those Boy Scouts and the soon to be Eagle Scout, the trail looks AWESOME!!! To the president of this union, pick on someone your own size. Maybe place a bid to finish the path!!

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