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Durbin: Don’t Let ‘Bainport’ Be Future of U.S. Manufacturing

Photo of Bainport courtesy of peoplesworld Flickr photostream.

Mitt Romney won’t come to “Bainport” and meet with the workers whose jobs are being shipped overseas by Sensata Technologies. Sensata is owned by outsourcing pioneer Bain Capital, where Romney was a founder and former CEO.

But Tuesday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) visited the tent city set up across the street from the Freeport, Ill., Sensata plant that will shut down as soon as the rest of the equipment follows the 170 middle-class jobs on the way to China—where Sensata workers earn about 99 cents an hour.

“This should not be the future of manufacturing jobs in the United States,” said Durbin. “We can do better.” Durbin spoke with the workers—many of whom were forced to train the Chinese workers who will take their jobs. Durbin says executives at companies like Romney’s Bain are:

Making decisions at the highest levels of corporate America, which are endangering the opportunity to create jobs and keep jobs right here in this country. Sensata is case number one. It tells the story clearly.          

Bain holds 51% of Sensata’s shares and Romney owns about $8 million worth of Bain funds. If Sensata earns profits from shipping the U.S. jobs overseas, so would Romney, the  New York Times reported this summer.     

On Daily Kos, Laura Clawson writes that Sensata worker Mary Jo Kerr was on "The Ed Show" on Monday night, saying she had initially liked Romney before she learned his connection to Bain and Sensata.

About Romney's campaign claims, she says that "he's just a bold-faced liar. He's going out there saying, 'I'm going to create American jobs,' when no, he's not, he's profiting off of jobs going overseas."

The Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to appear at the “Bainport” encampment Saturday, and MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” will be broadcasting live from the location on Friday.

Watch a video of Sensata workers explaining how the outsourcing of their jobs is devastating their lives and community.

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