Halloween action at Bainport, where the workers from the Sensata manufacturing plant in Freeport, Illinois continue to protest their jobs being sent to China by Bain Capital, a move that Mitt Romney will profit from.
Finally, a bit of good news. On Thursday, according to a press release from the former employees of Sensata, representatives from California-based Turbo Coil toured Freeport as the company considers opening a plant in Freeport, IL. The company’s CEO has previously indicated that he would like to hire some of the Sensata workers currently facing the loss of their jobs to outsourcing by Bain Capital.
The Sensata workers have been tirelessly calling on former Bain CEO Mitt Romney to come to Freeport and help keep their jobs in the U.S. They have petitioned, protested, and even taken arrests, drawing national attention to their struggle. The workers are continuing to fight for a full year’s severance at Bainport, their encampment outside the Sensata plant.
Turbo Coil’s CEO has indicated that he learned about the situation in Freeport when he saw the workers on MSNBC.
“Unfortunately, Romney has ignored our plea,” said Sensata worker Tom Gaulrapp. “But because of our fight, we’ve gotten the attention of a company that may set up shop here in Freeport. If we had not taken a stand for our jobs, this would never have happened. This small victory is the direct result of workers and the Freeport community standing together in the fight against outsourcing.”
Kudos to the employees of Sensata for taking a stand and not giving up. While it may not have been the outcome you were all hoping for, this really is a huge accomplishment. I hope it works out wonderfully for all involved.