Freeport City Council votes to call on Romney to help save 170 jobs from being outsourced from Bain-owned Freeport plant

July 17, 2012

Online Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — The Freeport City Council passed a resolution Monday, July 16, urging former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, to take a stand for the 170 American workers facing outsourcing by Bain Capital-owned Sensata Technologies in Freeport. The resolution passed unanimously in an 8-0 vote.

Sensata Technologies, which was created by Bain Capital in 2006, develops, manufactures, and sells sensors and controls for major auto manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors.

Bain Capital is a private equity investment firm co-founded by Romney in 1984. Romney served as CEO of the company from 1984 until 2002, according to SEC filings (Romney, however, has repeatedly said he left the company in 1999).

Despite rising profits, the company plans to institute the final layoffs in December. The workers are training their Chinese replacements, who have been flown to Illinois by the company.

In recent weeks, Sensata workers have kept the pressure on Romney with a signed letter to the campaign, frequent protests outside the plant, and a community meeting to educate Freeport residents about the impending layoffs.

In addition to the support workers have received from community, faith and labor groups, U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., and Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., recently sent a letter to Sensata CEO Thomas Wroe Jr. urging the company to keep the jobs in Freeport.

We’re grateful to the city council for standing with us in this fight to save our jobs,” said Cheryl Randecker, who has worked at the plant for 33 years. “It’s not just our jobs on the line, but also the future of our community. We hope Romney will join us in this fight, and make it clear that he stands with American workers — not companies like Bain that want to ship our jobs overseas.”

Posted July 17, 2012

3 Comments

  1. Irwin

    July 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Key term in the story: “rising profits” just not good enough for the vultures.

    I suppose the Illinois workers could’ve offered to work for minimum wage, no benefits, no overtime rate, no paid holidays off, no job security (for example missing one day due to giving birth), but I am certain that just wouldn’t satisfy Mitt Romney’s buddies at Bain.

  2. John

    July 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Yes, and how many times have they called upon Obama to save the millions of jobs he lost??????

    What’s that you say? None? I thought so. This is another stupid Democratic trick to manipulate the media and make Romney look bad.

    How about we talk about Obama’s ties to known terriorists? After all, the media conveniently ignored that subject during the last election.

  3. John

    July 18, 2012 at 6:48 am

    P.S. Regarding Obama and jobs, how about the 25,000 jobs he cost us from the Canadian Pipeline, just so he could cater to left wing extremist environmental nuts?

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