Posted on 19 November 2009 by Editor
An update to the story about the City of Allentown, and the union eyeing up an Eagle Project that took place in a city park.
Fox News has an update about the situation:
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 FoxNews.com, 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.”
SEIU spokesman Matt Nerzig called Balzano’s comments “completely unauthorized and insensitive” and said the union was “not at all” considering a grievance in this case.
Read the whole story at Fox News.
Posted on 16 November 2009 by Dan
The Morning Call has an article about an Eagle Scout project that has caused some problems with a local union:
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.
Read the whole story at The Morning Call.
Posted on 13 November 2009 by Editor
The Press-Enterprise has a story about a Scout’s Eagle Scout Project to assist in replacing an Elementary Schools book collection that was ruined last year.
Boy Scout Steven Pulsipher hopes a book drive will help Jacob Wiens Elementary School librarian Denise Beingessner replenish some 1,500 books ruined last summer in an indoor flood.
The 16-year-old West Valley High School junior says he could sure use the public’s help.
“If everybody were to just donate one book, that would really help out the school,” Steven said.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Steven and other members of Boy Scout Troop 308 have set up book drop-off locations at Waldenbooks and Cameron’s Books in Hemet, as well as CM School Supply in Temecula.
Read the whole story at The Press-Enterprise.