Hey, you know all that high-minded talk from President Obama about calling young people to serve their country?
Well, if it conflicts with Big Labor’s interests, children, there’s a new message: Knock it off!
The Purple Shirted-thugs of the Service Employees International Union — ACORN’s alter ego and Obama’s most frequent visitor — are going after an Eagle Scout who poses a threat to their workers because he’s volunteering too much.
From the Allentown Morning Call:
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.
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.
In related SEIU thuggery:
From Ed Morrissey – HA exclusive: ATR, AWF demand probe of SEIU’s Stern for illegal lobbying
From WSJ: Ballot fraud accusations fly in California home health care workers election.
And from Illinois home health care provider Pam Harris, who led the fight to defeat SEIU’s power grab in her state:
NEWS: The SEIU has filed an objection to the recent election
The SEIU has filed an objection to the recent election accusing the State of Illinois of not maintaining neutrality. The SEIU is demanding a 6 months cooling off period followed by reeducation and a new election.
THE LOUD & CLEAR MESSAGE SENT BY 66% OF THE VOTERS IN THE ELECTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TO STOP THIS.
Please read on to learn how we are fighting this in court and in the General Assembly, WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP, and a Fact Sheet to share with your legislators.
Update: civil court case regarding EO09-15 and union representation election continuance allowed
On November 3, 2009, Gordon Stiefel returned to Judge Epstein’s courtroom. Judge Epstein has taken the entire matter under advisement and will issue a written opinion and order on December 14, 2009 at 10 am.
Stiefel, a pro se plaintiff, asked the court for a declaratory judgment – a decision declaring the rights, duties or obligations of each party in this dispute. In Stiefel’s words, “we now await the court’s decision on the complex and yet simple matter of who is the employer of personal support workers in Illinois and does the public interest of State allow the State to injected itself between the employer and employee relationship. “
Stiefel’s complaint is the consumer, as reflected in the Home Based Support Services Act, is the employer of the personal support workers and the public interest of the State does not allow the State to inject itself between the employer and employee relationship to intervene and assist the union in organizing efforts.
It is possible that Judge Epstein may rule Stiefel does not have standing. That is, he is not legally qualified to make this complaint. Should that happen, we still have courses of legal action.
Stiefel is still looking for pro bono legal counsel. Every attorney he has spoken with either has limited labor law experience or a conflict with previous and current client. Please, if you can recommend an attorney, contact Gordon Stiefel at email@example.com
Update: House Resolution 720
The General Assembly has adjourned until January 12, 2010. However, our State Senators and Representatives are still working in their district offices. It is very important this issue stay on their radar. Please, contact your Representative and Senator while they are at home in their neighborhood offices. Go visit them, if you can. If you can’t visit them in their office, write them a letter. If you can’t write them a letter, call them. Please try to do this in November.
Tell them both why you voted for NO UNION representation. Tell them why Governor Quinn needs to rescind Executive Order 09-15.
HOUSE RESOLUTION 720 tells Governor Quinn to rescind the Executive Order. Urge your Representative to sign on as a Co-sponsor of House Resolution 720.
Calls to Speaker Madigan’s office (217-782-2000) are very important. Tell him his support is critical.
In June 2009, Governor Quinn issued Executive Order 15, which allows for the collective bargaining of individual providers of the Home Based Support Services program.
In October 2009, an overwhelming 66% voted against union representation and neither of the two unions seeking collective bargaining status received more than 20% of the vote.
Despite this clear decision for NO union representation, the Executive Order does not have an expiration date and any interested union may seek to represent this unique group of workers again as soon as August 2010.
Illinois’ Home Based Support Services (HBSS) program is a 1915(c) Medicaid waiver described in the Social Security Act. It’s a federal match program, meaning the State of Illinois receives 50% of the funding for this waiver program from the Federal government. The 1915(c) HCBS waivers are required to be, by statute, cost-neutral. It is by all accounts, a complex Federal/State program that is intended to offer long term, flexible services in the person’s home and in their community as opposed to an institution. The program’s eligibility is the same institutional placement because the waiver program’s primary purpose is to offer an alternative to institutionalization.
Institutions are not the way individuals with disabilities want to live and receive treatment and supports. IL’s HBSS program supports citizens with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting, their home in their community.
Currently, about 3000 Illinois citizens are enrolled in HBSS program with about 5000 personal support workers providing care and assistance.
The men and women who receive the HBSS waiver access a capped* amount of funds each month and from that allotment employ personal support workers and pay for other necessary supports like developmental training and therapies. Mandatory service facilitation is also deducted from the monthly amount.
Most individuals hire family members as personal support workers because their assistance is required during activities considered intimate and private. Having a trusted and familiar person in this role promotes safety and comfort.Inserting a union contract into the home between family members would irreparably disrupt the family dynamic.
The unionization of personal support workers would decrease critical supports because union dues and/or fair share deductions would have to be paid from the capped allotment.
Personal support workers did not seek union representation. In fact, 66% voted for NO UNION representation because there is no benefit to the individuals they care for with compassion and respect.
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