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Monday, November 16, 2009

 
One Of The Reasons I Can't Tell The Difference Between American Unioninsm And racketeering

I'm not kidding.

Allentown, Pennsylvania Boy Scout Kevin Anderson decided to do a good deed. He noticed that the walking path in Kimmets Lock Park had incomplete sections along the Lehigh River - so he decided to complete them himself.

The Service Employees International Union Local 473-395A objected to Anderson horning in on its (taxpayer-subsidized) monopoly over local park improvements (emphasis added):

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.

(Hat tip to Michelle)

Update: From NRO: "In related news, the Teamsters are filing an injunction against Santa Claus."

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