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DEVELOPING: Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating

This is a developing story as police are still investigating the shooting of a non-union business owner, John King, by what appears to be a union assailant.

With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area. As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering. This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs. So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home.

John King didn’t plan on being an enemy of unions. In fact, he says all he’s ever wanted to do is work at something he loves doing and be successful at it—something that most normal Americans would call ‘The American Dream.’

After high school and some college, Mr. King briefly worked for an IBEW contractor before being drafted into the military. Following his service in the early 70s, King became his own boss by going into business as the youngest electrical contractor in Toledo.

Over the years, King Electrical Services had always been a small business. However, during the Great Recession, King’s business has actually improved as his union competitors have priced themselves out of work.

Unfortunately, being a non-union electrical company, King has always been on the radar of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In fact, in 2006, he won a significant case against the IBEW at the US Court of Appeals, after the union had improperly promised his electricians jobs on union sites if they voted the union into King’s company.

Since he’s been in business, in addition to the legal battles and verbal abuse, King’s company has been vandalized and threatened on numerous occasions.

“Back then, it was nothing to have to regularly buy a new set of tires.” King said during a telephone interview on Tuesday. “The ice pick was the weapon of choice.”

Until Wednesday, the worst of the union attacks on King and his business came in the mid-eighties during the UAW strike at AP Parts. During a lull during the lengthy strike, King’s business was picketed by more than 50 IBEW picketers. This was at a time when he only had eight or nine employees. One of his employees, whose car was trashed by the union picketers, was also beaten up by IBEW thugs.

Unfortunately, the vandalism has never stopped. This year alone, he’s had to report three incidents of damage to police. This doesn’t include the incidents of stalking he and his men have to go through while they’re working.

In one incident earlier this year, rocks were thrown through the front windows of his shop, one of which had the word “kill” written on it.

Last Wednesday, however, the attacks on Mr. King became much more serious when he was awakened late in the evening at his home in Monroe County, Michigan and saw that the motion lights in his driveway had come on.  When he looked out his front window, he saw a figure near his SUV and went outside.

As soon as he got outside his front door, King yelled at the individual who was crouched down by King’s vehicle. As soon as King yelled, the suspect stood and, without hesitation, fired a shot at Mr. King.

Luckily for King, as he yelled, he also stumbled. If it weren’t for that, however, John King’s injuries might have been much, much worse. In fact, he might have been killed.

Upon scrambling back into his house, King got to his cell phone and called 911. However, due to the pain in his knees and shoulder from falling, King was unaware that he had been shot in the arm.

At first, King thought that his assailant was merely trying to break into his vehicle. Little did he know, however, that the perpetrator was targeting him–because of his non-union company.

The night of the shooting, police recovered a shell casing from a small caliber handgun. In addition to the shell casing, police also found a Swiss Army knife that police say was likely going to be used to slice the tires on King’s SUV.

While neither the police, nor Mr. King can say which union was behind the attack, it is very clear by the word ‘scab’ scrawled on his SUV that it the attack was union-related.

“The police have been very thorough,” King says. “I cannot praise the Monroe County Sheriff’s department enough.”

The Monroe County Sheriff’s office is encouraging anyone with information to call 734-240-7530.

In addition, Mr. King is offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Below is a news clip from WTOL11:

16 comments

  • Union Goons do everythign they can to drive more industries overseas. You can bet the next plant Boeng builds will not be in the US. It will be in Australia or Hong Kong. And we have unions to thnk for it. Union goons are thugs. This is proof. They are vandals and murderers. They beat up people who disagree with them. They put people in graves and hospitals for disagreeing with them. They take forced union payments collected by the government for them and then kicked back to democrat thug senators. Democrats are thugs and these union goons are the democrat army of intimidators, destroyers, and bankrupters. Unions have bankrupted more companies than any other cause. So jobs go overseas. Unions are communist party supporters. They are bullies and thugs. I will never buy union again. I will not use any service from a union. They are thugs.

  • Sorry but i need more information than that before i blame anyone for anything. Something just doesn’t smell right here. A vandal using a gun instead of running from writing scab on a car ?

    • FYI only: It was the police that okay’d the victim to state that it was union-related. For the first few days, according to Mr. King, speculation was allowed to foment–which is why this story didn’t break sooner.

    • Yeah, it was just a coincedence that “scab” was written on his vehicle, no reasonable person would see a connection.

      Sarc off.

  • If I can know, I never buy inferior Union made goods or services. This type of story doubles my resolve and I am forwarding this to all my friends.

  • I narrowly escaped being in a union once. Fortunately we had a very small staff and were unwilling to consider management anything but friends. We were right.

    I know of a union which regularly threatens their own people with guns when they don’t agree with what the union lackeys, who do nothing want.

    There may have been a time when they were useful but now, they only encourage people not to work and employers not to hire.

  • It is funny how my union always says “brotherhood” But the ones who have he power are the “appointed officers” not from the rand and file. You see they consider us as cow sh** and merely idiots burros with the sign “Blank check” pinned into our backs.
    I know of more than three guys who were total f**ks with the men in the field (Project managers) got sued for having the secretary give BJ’s and the other two were stealing , when the FBI was on the way to confiscate the files, lo and behold the files were destroyed by a “flood”. And these f**ks were appointed to da district council position and a UA positions. You have to be a criminal or criminal and unethical to be apointed to take advantage of the working and non-working member.
    And in a time were there are so many members out of work they continue to spend lavishly with no regard or repect for the members who are hurting, including how they spent so much it is an obsenity. These appointed officers do not care for the members they loathe them. You might be saying “how do you know they don’t care about the members”?
    Here’s teeny sample:
    They hire organizers, appoint relatives to positions even if they do nothing, money out of the members pocket to pay the $100,000 per year position, plus pension, and health and welfare, car allowances, credit cards, food paid for.

    How they appease members by throwing a voting bone. Most of our contracts are decided by the district council way before they even present it to the members.
    Timing is important to these business managers, you time that the true information about the conteract or any other item on the ballot, you give the members at least 1-2 months to make the decision that way they cannot discuss better options and protest and change their minds because the “appointed Jabba the Hut officers” have already decided everything with the contractors.

    These union contractors send out many of their drafting jobs overseas to Vietnam and China, all this on government work and prevailing wage jobs, this is a crock since they are now prefabbing the work many of the guys who worked on the field have been eliminated thanks to prefabbing in the shop. All the while the union Organizers who a were appointed hassel the non-union contractors and check their books to make sure the workers are getting prevailing wage pay.
    The union contractors are full of crap since they themselves hire Vietnam and China to do the drafting at $1.25 per hour

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