As if unions didn't have a bad enough reputation (and coming off of a 5-day SEPTA union strike over...gasp! having to contribute to their own health insurance and pensions!), this guy decides to shake down the Boy Scouts:
"Allentown union official Nick Balzano has been a political punching bag all week because he threatened to file a grievance against the city for allowing a Boy Scout to clear a walking path in a city park...The controversy began last week when Balzano warned that the union may file a grievance against the city after officials allowed a local Boy Scout to clear a 1,000-foot walking path in Kimmets Lock Park. "We'll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails," Balzano said, and told council that given the layoffs of 39 union members, no one except union members may pick up a hoe or shovel, plant a flower or clear a walking path."
Truly disgusting. Glenn Beck chimed in on this, saying "Even the Boy Scouts aren't safe from SEIU's thuggery." U.S. Representative Charlie Dent (R) summed it up best: "Taxpayers pay my salary, your salary, and the salaries of your Allentown members. As a taxpayer and Member of Congress, I can assure you that no one wants to hear about you or your union bothering and hassling young people trying to do right by their community." Balzano and seven other executive officers of the local SEIU stepped down. Damn skippy.