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- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Former NAACP chairman to join Freeport Sensata workers for Oct. 6 rally
Online Staff Report
FREEPORT, Ill. — Civil rights leader and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond will join Sensata workers in Freeport, Ill., for a rally beginning at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 6.
The rally is part of Sensata Technologies employees’ ongoing efforts to call on Bain co-founder and former CEO and current Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to help save their jobs.
Sensata Technologies, owned by Bain Capital, plans to close the Freeport plant by the end of the year and outsource 170 jobs to China. Many Sensata workers have already received layoff notices and have been training their Chinese replacements.
Workers began to camp outside the Freeport plant last month in protest of the outsourcing. They plan to stay at the encampment — since named “Bainport” — until Romney agrees to help save their jobs.
Dot Turner, who has worked at the Sensata plant for 43 years, said: “I’m thrilled that Julian Bond, a man who has dedicated his life to fighting for justice, is lending his support to our cause. We’re joining together in this rally to send a clear message that we stand united against policies that put the American Dream out of reach for working families.”
The Oct. 6 rally will be at Bainport at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road, Freeport, Ill.
Posted Oct. 4, 2012