• Send-off potluck barbecue set for 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at Freeport’s Krape Park
FREEPORT, Ill. — Workers facing outsourcing at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant are taking their campaign against outsourcing to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30.
A send-off potluck barbecue in support of the Sensata workers will be at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, at Krape Park, 1799 S. Park Blvd., in the Gunkel Shelter near the carousel. Workers will provide hot dogs and hamburgers, and the public is asked to bring a dish to pass.
Sensata employees have been attempting to reach out to presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney in attempts to gain his support in saving their jobs.
Workers have sent Romney’s campaign a signed letter, hand-delivered it to his campaign’s Madison, Wis., headquarters, and held protests outside the plant and at the Romney/Paul Ryan Homecoming in Waukesha, Wis.
The workers were also joined by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Aug. 21 for a rally at Bain’s offices in Evanston, Ill.
A video of their visit to deliver the hand-signed letter to Romney’s Madison, Wis., headquarters shows the employees being locked out of the campaign office and the police being called. The police officer who responded then offered to deliver the hand-signed letter to the campaign office on their behalf.
In addition to the efforts of Sensata workers, Freeport City Council also voted 8-0 July 16 to support a resolution to call on Romney to visit Freeport and help save the employees’ jobs. Romney has yet to respond.
U.S. Reps. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., and Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., also sent a letter to Sensata CEO Thomas Wroe Jr. July 6 urging him to keep the jobs in Freeport.
Massachusetts-based Sensata Technologies plans to close the Freeport plant in December and outsource 170 jobs to China. Sensata workers are training their Chinese replacements, who have been flown to Illinois by the company.
Sensata develops, manufactures and sells sensors and controls for major auto manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors.
Romney is a co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm that created Sensata in 2006. According to SEC filings, Romney served as CEO of Bain Capital from its founding in 1984 until 2002. Romney has repeatedly said he left the company in 1999.
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From the Aug. 22-28, 2012, issue