Cockroach scuttles away when the light shines

Via a reader, here’s an update to a story linked in the most recent Linkzookery:

Pennsylvania Union Leader Resigns Amid Criticism for Threatening Legal Action Over Boy Scout’s Volunteerism

Nick Balzano, president of the Service Employees International Union’s Allentown chapter, submitted an unexpected resignation letter Thursday, along with a few other employees, SEIU spokesman Matt Nerzig told

The resignations came one day after reported that Balzano had come under fire for saying earlier in the month that the SEIU might file a grievance against the city of Allentown for allowing 17-year-old Kevin Anderson to voluntarily clear a walking trail in a local park, instead of paying union members to do the work.

The Scout’s work was part of his Eagle Project.


  1. This sort of behavior makes me really upset. And it’s not the first time I’ve seen it. My mother used to volunteer in the library at my high school to keep busy, and one day she decided she wanted to plant some flowers in front of the school, just because it was spring and there actually is a little patch of dirt in front of our school (big city). She went and bought some pansies or something at Home Depot or whatever (paying out of her own pocket), brought her little gardening trowel to school one morning, and started planting flowers. About halfway through, someone from the main office came out and told her she had to stop. That sort of thing had to be done by union labor. She tried to argue with reason and common sense but the school wouldn’t have any of it.

    By the end of the day the flowers that she HAD planted were pulled out of the ground and thrown in the trash.

  2. Oh, and I might make the additional comment that this was my fourth or fifth year at that school (junior high and high school combined) and there had never once been any flowers on that little patch of dirt. That’s why she decided to plant them in the first place.

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