Former NAACP chairman to join Freeport Sensata workers for Oct. 6 rally

October 4, 2012

Julian Bond

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

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