Daily Archives: May 4, 2010

Live Standoff: Laid-Off UAW Worker Occupies Foreclosed Home

In a sense, you want to feel sorry for Keith Sadler.  Like so many others across the country, Sadler, a former UAW worker, is unemployed and facing eviction.

Mr. Sadler, who mostly has worked in factories, said he made his mortgage payments for 12 years after buying the house from his father but fell behind last year after he was off work from Dana Corp. for medical reasons. He said his mortgage holder, State Bank and Trust Co. of Defiance, promised to work with him.

“They said they were going to try to work out a plan for people like me,” he said. “The next thing I know, I get a registered letter” saying a foreclosure action had been filed.

Ordinarily, Sadler’s dilemma would draw a huge amount of empathy (it still does, to a degree), but then the story oddly veers off to the left.

Sadler, you see, has decided that, instead of letting the banks come and take his home and his land, he would make a statement by barricading himself in his home, along with some lefties who are along for the ride.

On Monday May 3rd, Keith Sadler a former UAW Autoworker (who lost his job) of Stony Ridge will be evicted from his home. But unlike many in a similar situation, Mr. Sadler intends to resist his foreclosure and stay in his home illegally. 

“I am resisting this eviction through non-violent civil disobedience,” states Sadler. “It’s time to make a stand against this corrupt system.” 

Alongside Sadler stands a group of community members from the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, a Northwest Ohio coalition of housing activists. TFDL is also joined by the national group Take Back the Land based out of Miami, Florida. 

Sadler, along with the Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, will be peacefully occupying the foreclosed home by sealing themselves inside until the foreclosure is called off and a moratorium on all foreclosures is enacted.

Housing is a human right. While banks are being bailed out, people are being thrown into the streets. The time has come to take back our land and our communities,” said Sadler.

Following Sunday’s press conference May 2nd at 6pm, activists will lock themselves inside until their demands are met.

Unfortunately, Mr. Sadler went from an individual with a grievance to an activist pushing a statist cause.

To that end, the the Left activist crowd has set up live streaming video of the standoff.

CAUTION: Strong Language Warning

Free live streaming by Ustream

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Jim Traficant is unwanted by the UAW

Former Congressman and convict Jim Traficant has filed to run to get his old Congressional seat back with a vow to take on the IRS.

As a popular Democrat who could pull support from other Dems, the UAW is not pleased:

“I think we’ve been embarrassed enough…over the past three or four years…as a Valley,” said Jim Graham, president of UAW Local 1112. “We don’t need a further embarrassment by electing someone who’s been in jail.”

This should be fun to watch….
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Springfield’s Folly: And unionized construction is better…why?

Forget common sense and logic just for a moment please.

Also, forget for a moment the union-owned and union built apartment building in Seattle that must be torn down because of shoddy union construction.

And, while you’re at it, forget the fact that union construction (through so-called Project Labor Agreements) generally increases construction costs by nearly 20%.

So, forget all that you know for a moment please

Isn’t one of the main reasons governments and big construction companies agree union-only PLAs is the so-called peace from labor strife (e.g., strikes) that PLAs are supposed to ensure?

In other words, construction firms (and governments) buy into the PLA scam concept because it supposedly will ensure labor peace.

You know, it’s sort of like saying: You sign this and pay me more than I’m worth and I promise I won’t hit you over the head.  [No, despite what you might think, they don’t call that extortion.]

So, if PLAs are supposed to ensure labor peace, how do unions in Springfield, Illinois explain this?

Wages and the economy are at the center of the first strike in nearly 40 years by Springfield’s Iron Workers Local 46.

More than a dozen hospital, college, utility and commercial construction projects, involving hundreds of workers, are affected by the work stoppage, which began at midnight Friday.

Negotiations between the union and the Central Illinois Builders Association remained stalled late Monday.

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Contractors’ spokesman Dan Curry said he believes the strike had shut down work on each of the affected projects.Whalen said union members understand the strike comes at a difficult time and that it would disrupt local construction projects.
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Local projects affected 

  • Student Center, and Work Force Career Center at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield; new classroom building at the LLCC campus in Taylorville. 
  • Renovation at St. John’s Pavilion and construction of St. John’s medical building north of the Sixth Street Wal-Mart.
  • Parking ramp work at Memorial Medical Center. 
  • Construction at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln. 
  • Expansion of Blessed Sacrament School, 748 W. Laurel St. 
  • Improvements at City Water, Light and Power water-treatment plant. 
  • Construction atSpringfield Mass Transit District facility, 928 S. Ninth St. 
  • Addition to the headquarters of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association, 401 E. Capitol Ave. 
  • Water plant project in Taylorville. 
  • Construction of VisionCare clinic in Prairie Crossing.

So much for paying a premium to buy labor peace…!


Despite agreeing to pay more to ensure that they would not be beaten labor peace, Springfield, IL just got hit over the head!


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Where is Craig Becker?

A reader sent us a note a few minutes ago with the subject line:  What is Craig Becker doing?

Becker sworn in two days BEFORE Pearce.  To date, 6 decisions have issued.  Pearce is on all 6; Becker on none.  So…is Becker doing heavy lifting on some more important case?



Now, that is an interesting question:   Where is Becker?

Has anyone seen him?

After all of the union hoopla and misleading talking points to get him seated on to the National Labor Relations Board, he’s just sort of…disappeared.

Immediately, our thoughts turned toward the more sinister…

Perhaps Becker’s in some back office at the NLRB rewriting the National Labor Relations Act for his union boss buddies?

Perhaps he is being kept on ice until after the November mid-term elections are over?

Or, perhaps, his union boss buddies have him preoccupied with something else?


When we find out, we’ll let you know.

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AFL-CIO Boss Wants Arizona’s Immigration Law Repealed

With unions having gone ‘all in’ on Amnesty for Illegals, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka wants Arizona’s new immigration law repealed:

Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) is an affront to American values of fairness and respect for our constitution. The AFL-CIO joins people of conscience around the country in condemning the law, which will make racial profiling the norm—if not a requirement—in Arizona and will be impractical, unenforceable and a waste of scarce public resources.

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We need urgent action. The Arizona law should not be allowed to become a model; it is bad public policy and it should be put to rest. We call on the Department of Justice to step up to its fundamental mission of protecting and defending our civil rights and immediately bring legal action to stop Arizona from implementing its ill-guided and unconstitutional law. We also call on President Obama to publicly oppose and terminate all programs — including collaborations between state and local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — that result in racial profiling. Our focus should instead be on a comprehensive solution to the broken immigration system.

Well, being that unions all mostly support Amnesty for Illegals, Trumka’s comments are not at all surprising.  It is unfortunate, however, that unions don’t have the courage to call for increased border security, along with their calls for amnesty.
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Unions Backing Seattle Students’ Strike

If this is higher education today, our nation is in trouble.

Student “organizers” at the University of Washington are calling on students to skip classes on Thursday afternoon to protest tuition hikes and budget cuts.

The idea is to shut down parts of the campus for a half day, said Jennifer Fletcher, a graduate student and spokeswoman for the coalition.

The coalition wants teaching assistants and professors to forgive students who skip their Thursday classes, Fletcher said.

Fletcher said the strike has the support of the university’s union locals representing teaching assistants, tutors, custodians plus administrative and technical workers.

“This is to show the workers that they have some power. … If there aren’t any students in class, the university can’t teach,” Fletcher said.

…And if they can’t teach without students, then perhaps the budget cuts are warranted and there is less need for the university’s local unions.

Talk about dumb.

h/t Hickorystick.
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SEIU Still Striking Nursing Home Residents

It’s been three weeks since the SEIU-represented workers walked out on the residents of two Connecticut nursing homes, and the Union of Purple People Eaters is still out on strike.

Health care workers in Ansonia and Derby walked off their jobs at two nursing homes more than three weeks ago, and there’s no end in sight, union officials said.

About 200 nurses, nursing assistants and support staff at Hilltop Health Care in Ansonia and the Birmingham Health Center in Derby have been on strike since April 15, along with colleagues at nursing homes in Winsted and Hartford.

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Every day the striking workers can be found marching outside the two facilities from 6 a.m. to midnight. On Friday, the workers staged a “Rally in the Valley” to protest the impasse and encourage some movement in the talks.

Chernoff said the inability to successfully negotiate the contracts is an anomaly in relation to other workers.

How comforting for the elderly.  They’ve become an “anomaly.”
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