Online Staff Report
FREEPORT, Ill. — Saturday, Sept. 22, the Bain Worker Bus Tour will make its first stop in Freeport, Ill., to visit Bainport and pick up Sensata workers before making its way across the country.
In recent months, workers at Freeport’s Sensata Technologies plant — who are currently facing the outsourcing of their jobs to China by Bain — have called on former Bain CEO and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to intervene on their behalf.
As Romney continues to ignore Sensata workers’ plea for help, the workers will join fellow Bain workers in their effort to educate swing voters about Romney’s economic vision for the country, and take the campaign to save their jobs straight to Romney’s doorstep in Boston.
The tour, which will kick off with a rally in St. Louis Friday, will also make stops in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and at the presidential debate in Hempstead, NY. The trip will culminate in a day of action in Boston, where both Romney’s campaign and Bain Capital have their headquarters.
Along the way, Sensata workers will join rallies and other public events, as well as participate in meetings with voters, canvassing and other voter contact activities.
“We know firsthand what a Romney economy looks like,” said Tom Gaulrapp, a Sensata worker who is slated to join the bus tour. “Outsourcing good, American jobs, slashing wages and benefits, and devastating our communities. As we make this trip across the country, our message to voters will be clear: The Romney economy didn’t work for us, and it won’t work for you.”
The Bain Worker Bus Tour is being sponsored by the “99 percent” movement, a coalition of progressive organizations such as Stand Up Chicago, Progress Missouri, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Florida New Majority, SEIU and MoveOn that has been advocating for economic policies that benefit working Americans.
Bainport (visit http://bainport.com/) is a camp in Freeport Sensata workers set up Wednesday, Sept. 12, in protest of Bain’s decision to ship their jobs to China. The camp is at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, across the street from the Sensata plant at 2520 S. Walnut, Freeport. The Bain Worker Tour Bus will arrive at Bainport at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 22.
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.
For more information and daily updates from the bus, visit www.BainWorkerBus.org.
Posted Sept. 21, 2012