HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » shcrane71 » Journal
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU
Page: 1

shcrane71

Profile Information

Member since: Wed Sep 23, 2009, 06:11 PM
Number of posts: 1,721

Journal Archives

Bain capital outsources plant / has US workers train their Chinese replacements

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/aug/10/illinois-workers-bain-outsourcing

The shock of losing a precious job in a town afflicted by high unemployment is always hard. A foundation for a stable family life and secure home instantly disappears, replaced with a future filled with fears over health insurance, missed mortgage payments and the potential for a slip below the breadline.

But for Bonnie Borman and 170 other men and women in Freeport, Illinois there is a brutal twist to the torture. Borman, 52, and the other workers of a soon-to-be-shuttered car parts plant are personally training the Chinese workers who will replace them.

It's a surreal experience, they say. For months they have watched their plant being dismantled and shipped to China, piece by piece, as they show teams of Chinese workers how to do the jobs they have dedicated their lives to.

"It's not easy to get up in the morning, training them to do your job so that you can be made unemployed," said Borman, pictured, a mother of three who has worked for 23 years at the Sensata auto sensors plant.
Bonnie Borman at Sensata in Freeport

Borman knows her eventual fate in the stricken economy that surrounds Freeport. "I am going to be competing for minimum wage jobs with my own daughter," she said.
Go to Page: 1