Laid-off Sensata worker to be Bustos’ State of the Union guest

Online Staff Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-17, announced Feb. 11 that Dot Turner, a laid-off Sensata Technologies worker from Freeport, Ill., will be her guest to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Turner was one of 170 Illinois workers whose jobs got shipped overseas at the beginning of this year after Sensata Technologies’ Freeport, Ill., plant was shut down and moved to China.

Sensata Technologies, a large multi-national company that makes sensors and other high-tech devices for automobiles and other uses, is owned by Bain Capital.

Turner worked at Sensata’s Freeport plant for 43 years, starting at the age of 18. Many of the workers at Sensata were forced to train their Chinese replacements before their jobs were shipped overseas and the plant shut down.

Bustos spent time listening to and supporting Turner, and all the workers at Sensata, during her run for Congress.

Nothing is more important to me than fighting for American workers like Dot Turner and for American manufacturing jobs like those lost at Sensata,” Bustos said. “That’s why I’m honored that Dot Turner will be my guest at the State of the Union address. I hope that President Obama lays out a plan that prioritizes creating good-paying jobs here at home, and I look forward to continuing to support American workers like Dot and all those who lost their jobs at Sensata.”

The State of the Union address will begin at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Posted Feb. 11, 2013

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