Chicago, IL (Tuesday, November27, 2012) —Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. and the
Sensata Plant workers will be in attendance for a court appearance on Wednesday,
November 28, 012 at the Stephenson County Courthouse in Freeport Il at 1pm.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and 13 Sensata Technologies employees were arrested last month
after protesting at the Sensata plant in Freeport, IL. The group was arrested on plant
property in an attempt to meet with management to make the case for keeping the plant
open and saving the workers’ jobs.
“Now, you’re looking at an economic terrorism,” said Jackson. “If you use your most
basic right, your right to fight back, if you use that right, they’ll threaten to fire you. How
do you fire someone from a plant that’s closing? The plant has moved the workers jobs
from Freeport to China. You vote in a democracy to be protected from terrorism.” This is
the essence of the American struggle,” said Jackson. “The fight to keep our jobs! This is
not a fight for severance pay; it’s a fight for the salvation of our jobs in this country.
Having already shuttered two of its three manufacturing sites in the USA, the company
is in the process of outsourcing 170 well-paying jobs to China from the remaining plant
in Freeport despite record profits. Sensata began the terminations and they will continue
through the end of the year. The job loss at the plant will result in the loss of $7.7 million
in wages that feed the local economy according to Stephenson County Chairman John
Sensata Technologies, which was created by Bain Capital in 2006, develops
manufactures and sells sensors and controls for major auto manufacturers such as
Ford and General Motors. While at Bain, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt
Romney pioneered the business model that today is costing Sensata workers their jobs.
And he is still financially tied to Sensata.
Thanks to his retirement agreement with Bain, Romney owns close to $8 million in Bain
funds that together hold 51 percent of the company’s shares--a controlling financial
stake. As a result, Romney not only profits directly from Sensata but also stands to
profit from the outsourcing of the Sensata workers’ jobs. Adding insult to injury, Romney
secured a major tax deduction by transferring $170,000 worth of Sensata stock to one
of the charities he runs.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., the Sensata plant workers and
Members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition staff
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2012
WHERE: Stephenson County Courthouse
15 N. Galena Freeport Il 61032
Immediately following the press conference, the participants will attend the court
appearance at 1pm at the Stephenson Courthouse.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition–Keeping Hope Alive
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and
expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is
headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH
Coalition, please visit http://www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366.