A post by Pat
A warning to anyone who plans to answer Obama’s call for volunteerism, check with the SEIU first. Kevin Anderson, a 15-yr old Eagle Scout, voluntarily worked 250 hours to clear a walking path in a local park. The president of the local SEIU chapter considers the park his turf and went looking for Kevin.
Anderson, a junior and varsity soccer player at Southern Lehigh High School, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 301 of Center Valley.
He got the idea for the trail while taking hikes along the partially complete, 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. He noticed there were a few missing connections to the trail in Kimmets Lock Park, which is on the Lehigh River near Dauphin Street. He already has logged 250 hours trying to carve out a walking and biking trail along the river.
“I decided to do my part in completing this part of the trail. In that way, others could enjoy walking along the river, without having to walk on the busy road”.
Nobody gets to enjoy a walk in the park unless the SEIU gets a piece of the action.
“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.
This is what counts as holiday spirit in the SEIU.
For example, the city currently does not have an electrician available because of the layoffs and an employee on an extended sick leave. As a result, the city has been forced to hire an outside union electrician to oversee the installation for the popular Lights on the Parkway holiday display.
“In the spirit of the holiday, we decided to let that go,” Balzano said.
When Obama signed the Volunteer Bill into law he said,
We need your service right now, at this moment in history. I’m not going to tell you what your role should be. That’s for you to discover.