The contingent of Bainporters who traveled to Sensata HQ yesterday and presented Sensata Vice President Jacob Sayer with a petition, signed by workers facing lay-offs, demanding the full severance package they were promised weren’t satisfied with a VP so they went to the CEO’s house to speak with him directly.
Dot Turner, Cheryl Randecker, Mary Jo Kerr, Karri Penniston & Mel Turner were in for an ironic surprise when they ran the bell of Sensata CEO Thomas Wroe, Jr.
He was too busy to meet with them because he was “either on the golf course or at the beach”. No kidding, that’s what the doorbell says.
Full Transcript of Tom’s doorbell message. You can’t make this up.
“Hello, Tom and Candace are back on the Cape but we’re not home right now. We’re either on the golf course or at the beach so leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.”
We’ve got a message for you Tom. Get off the golf course and come to Bainport. There are 170 workers being laid off who want to have a word about getting a full, fair severance package.
The Sensata employees heard Romney on the campaign trail, and somehow got the idea that he opposes sending our jobs to China just because he says that he opposes sending our jobs to China. So the Sensata workers asked him to come to Freeport/Bainport and help them.
Joanne Penniston, 35, is a still current Sensata worker who has also been arrested during the protests.
So too has her daughter. Penniston said she was not afraid of the threat to shut down the plant early, potentially depriving the last remaining workers of a few weeks pay.
“It made me want to protest more after we got threatened. It is already shutting down, so they can take their scare tactics elsewhere.
We have a right to do what we are doing,” she said. Penniston’s current termination date for her job is 16 December. She has no idea what she will do after that date passes.
“There are no jobs here in Freeport. It’s like a ghost town. Probably I will have to move,” she said.
They’re standing up for all working people in an economy that doesn’t work for us anymore. We have your back and we want to support you in making sure that good jobs stay in Freeport, and to make sure that they get what they deserve.
SEIU President, Mary Kay Henry
Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president, speaks at the Bainport encampment across the street from the Sensata Technologies factory in Freeport, Ill. Oct. 29, 2012.
What’s happening in Freeport is a living example of what a Romney economy looks like. The Romney economy means outsourcing more American jobs, more profits for private equity owners, and more people being put out of work in communities across the country. This is the economic story that we need to end here in America.
Democracy Now! Live from Bainport!
#Sensata workers and Community marched to the plant #O31 Night, dressed as vulture capitalists, to protest the “Vulture in Chief” Mitt Romney and his Bain Buddies
Sensata Workers Echo Call for Mitt Romney to Disclose His Investments or Divest
Unions, Good Government Groups File Ethics Complaint
Against Romney for Hiding Investments
FREEPORT, IL – Sensata workers weighed in today to support the call for Gov. Romney to disclose the companies that he holds stock in to the US Office of Government Ethics.
“When Sensata bought our plant, we didn’t even know that it was owned by Bain Capital or that Mitt Romney owned stock in the company,” said Tom Gaulrapp, a 33-year veteran of the Freeport factory. “We had to find out from articles on the internet. We the people have a right to know what companies the presidential candidates are invested in. How many other Sensatas are out there? Is Mitt Romney profiting from any other companies shipping jobs to China?”
The Sensata workers are responding to a letter that was sent today to Don W. Fox, general counsel of the Office of Government Ethics. The letter states that Gov. Romney “has not even attempted to meet the requirements for a federal blind trust with respect to his substantial equity holdings. The only way for this law to be enforced in a meaningful way is for your Office to act promptly to demand that candidate Romney disclose his stock holdings, or divest them if disclosure is not feasible.”
The letter was sent by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, SEIU, UAW and The Social Equity Group, and it follows up on a previous letter sent to the Office of Government Ethics on Aug. 23, 2012, that urged the office to act.
Sensata has emerged as a flashpoint in the controversy over Mitt Romney’s ties to China this fall. Sensata workers have pleaded publicly with Romney to help save their jobs from being outsourced to China. Not only does Romney stand to profit from the outsourcing of these jobs through the stock he still owns in the company, his 2011 tax returns show that he got a huge tax break by moving Sensata stock to a charity organization he controls.