Replacement worker beaten & hospitalized, Ohio police see no connection to labor dispute

There is a labor dispute going on at a Cooper Tire plant in Findlay, Ohio. In late November, when the United Steelworkers rejected a contract offer from management, the company locked out approximately 1,000 unionized workers.


On Saturday, one of the replacement workers was beaten with something “similar to a baseball bat” and hospitalized. However, according to the Toledo Blade, police do not think the labor dispute has anything to do with the beating:

A Cooper Tire replacement worker was beaten by an object similar to a baseball bat over the weekend, police say.

Bobby Sellers, 26, of Leicester, N.C., was in the Town Place Suites parking lot, 2501 Tiffin Ave., about 8 p.m. Saturday when a man, described by police as tall and white, hit Mr. Sellers several times, authorities say.

Mr. Sellers was taken to Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center for treatment.

Police say they do not believe Mr. Sellers’ employment had anything to do with the attack. [Emphasis added.]

Readers may recall just a few short months ago, when a non-union, Toledo-business owner was shot at his home as he interrupted a vandal spray painting ‘SCAB’ on his vehicle. So far, there have been no arrests in that case either. [Findlay, Ohio is a mere 50 miles South of Toledo.]


Given the massive amount of union funds that poured into defeating Issue 2 (or SB5) last month, it is safe to say that these victims of (alleged) union violence will recover from their (alleged) union-inflicted wounds faster than Ohio as a state will recover from the unions.



“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.” Samuel Gompers, 1918

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