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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:13 PM

Workers at Bain-Owned Sensata File Unfair Labor Practices Charges

Source: In These Times

This morning, workers filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging unfair labor practices at Sensata Technologies, a car-sensor manufacturer owned by Bain Capital (which Mitt Romney founded). The charges come after the Freeport, Ill. company threatened to close the plant immediately--two months ahead of schedule--if employees continued to rally against the outsourcing of their jobs to China.

The workers filed two charges with the NLRB: one over Sensata's threat to shut the plant down early, the other accusing the company of “increasing security and announcing a new policy, or a previously unenforced policy, prohibiting off-duty employees from entering work areas at non-work times, in response to and in retaliation for employees engaging in protected concerted activity."

The employees received the shut-down threat Tuesday via the Freeport Police--Sensata management asked the police to relay the message rather than communicate with workers directly. The workers were told that the plant, which is scheduled to close its doors this December after 170 jobs and equipment are shipped to the new plant in China, would be shut down early if protests continue. Demonstrators, some of whom have worked there more than 40 years and will receive only 26 weeks of severance pay, were incensed. In a press release from organizers at Bainport (the county fairgrounds across the street from Sensata that has been converted into a protest camp), Joanne Penniston says:

Not only are they shipping our jobs to China, they are also trying to take away our rights as American workers. We are not going to be intimidated. We are going to stand up for our rights and our jobs.


Read more: http://inthesetimes.com/ittlist/entry/14077/bain_owned_sensata_faces_charges_of_unfair_labor_practices/

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OneAngryDemocrat Oct 2012 OP
mike_c Oct 2012 #1
OneAngryDemocrat Oct 2012 #2
sheshe2 Oct 2012 #4
pediatricmedic Oct 2012 #3
louis-t Oct 2012 #5
Berlum Oct 2012 #6

Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:16 PM

1. is this story getting mainstream media coverage?

No TV at my house and I rarely listen to radio, so I'm curious whether this is in the DU information bubble or whether it's got mainstream legs.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:20 PM

2. Depends...

It depends on what you call the mainstream media. The Ed Shultz Show is supposed to do another live feed from the camp, tonight.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:36 PM

4. Good!

I love when Big Ed takes up the cause.
I feel for all those workers....have been unemployed several times when companies go under. At least they just went out of buisness....not shipped overseas for profit!

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Response to mike_c (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:26 PM

3. Not really

I feel for the workers, happened to me many years ago before I chose my current line of work.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:39 PM

5. The "Romney shipped jobs to China" narrative is losing steam....

He keeps saying he isn't involved with day to day blah, blah, blah... The fact is, Romney has made a buttload of money off of sending jobs overseas. He has made more money shipping jobs overseas than most people in this country will see in their lifetime. He is still making money off of this. This is Romney's business plan. He showed these companies how to do it. He advised these companies to do it. He touted this as a way to increase profits. He OWNS this practice.

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Response to OneAngryDemocrat (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:22 PM

6. This is a massive Romney-Republican Boondoggle ClusterWank

What low ethics Republicans have....they dump all over America and Americans to fatten their own greedy keesters.

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