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Freeport Sensata workers, supporters to risk arrest Oct. 24 in demanding meeting with plant management
Online Staff Report
FREEPORT, Ill. — In the face of threats from Sensata management, at least a dozen activists at the Freeport Sensata Technologies plant will engage in civil disobedience this afternoon (Oct. 24) if they are unable to meet with the manager of the plant, according to a release from the workers’ movement.
Those willing to risk arrest include the Rev. Jesse Jackson, representatives from the UAW, Steelworkers, SEIU and NAACP, and three Sensata workers.
Sensata officials have threatened protesters with arrest if they come onto company property, and have threatened to shut down the plant immediately if the protests continue to escalate. These threats prompted workers to file unfair labor practice charges against Sensata this morning. Click here for more about the unfair labor practice charges.
The Sensata workers and their supporters have been organizing to stop the outsourcing of their jobs to China by Bain Capital, which created Sensata Technologies in 2006, took the company public in 2010 and still maintains a controlling interest.
The protest and march to the plant will begin at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Bainport encampment at Stephenson County Fairgrounds, 2250 S. Walnut Road, Freeport.
Posted Oct. 24, 2012