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.
Three days of taking body blows nationally from conservative pundits, a rebuke from the Lehigh Valley’s congressman and even a lashing from his own union led Balzano to voluntarily resign his position Thursday as head of the
local Service Employees International Union.
Balzano said he and seven other executive officers of the local SEIU stepped down.
On Wednesday, after getting hit by a steady onslaught of rights, Balzano got hit by one big left when his own union distanced itself from his comments and called Balzano’s wounds self-induced.
“His comments were completely unauthorized and they do not reflect the position or views of the union,” wrote area leader of the SEIU’s Mid-Atlantic District Wayne MacManiman in an apology letter to Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
“The careless and insensitive comments were prompted by frustration over recently laid-off workers in Allentown,” MacManiman wrote Wednesday.
He said the union “has no intentions” of filing a grievance against the city and continues to support the efforts of voluntary organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America.