Workers facing outsourcing at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant set up camp outside factory

Online Staff Report

FREEPORT, Ill. — Wednesday, Sept. 12, workers facing outsourcing by Bain at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant began to camp outside the Sensata factory in protest of Bain’s decision to ship their jobs to China.

As part of the encampment, the employees are continuing their call on former Bain CEO and current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — who still profits directly from Sensata — to help save their jobs.

Over the past few months, Sensata workers have tried to contact Romney with a 35,000-signature petition, frequent protests outside the plant and trips to nearby campaign offices.

In July, the Freeport City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling on Romney to meet the workers and use his influence at Bain to intervene on their behalf. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) echoed their call during a trip to Freeport later that month. The situation has even become an issue in the congressional race in Illinois’ 17th district.

Workers also took their campaign directly to Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30.

Romney has yet to respond to any of the workers’ pleas for help.

Bonnie Borman, who has worked at the plant for 23 years, said: “Mitt Romney refused to meet us in Tampa, but as a presidential candidate, he can’t keep ignoring American workers. We’re asking him again to come to Freeport and help us save our jobs. If he wants to show leadership, he should stand with the middle class — not companies like Bain that want to ship our jobs overseas. And we’re not leaving until he does.”

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

Sensata Technologies is at 2520 S. Walnut, Freeport, Ill.

Posted Sept. 13, 2012

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