'Bainport' Takes Message on the Road

By: Landon Cassman Email
By: Landon Cassman Email

Temperatures are dipping and the winds are blowing harder, but members of "Bainport" say they're not leaving this make-shift campsite any time soon.

"We've been out here as many days as we can," said Mark Schreck, whose Sensata position of eight years will be outsourced within the next couple months. "We're going to brave the elements as best as we can today."

Schreck is one of 170 Sensata Technologies workers whose jobs will be outsourced to china by year's end. Today the group joins a national push to show the country what they say a "Romney economy" would look like.

"It's very disappointing, because this is not the first one, this is the second job I've lost to China in two years," said Schreck. "And I don't understand what's so important of taking an Americans job and giving it to a Chinese worker."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the former CEO of Bain Capital, the company that owns the Freeport plant.

Today workers from across the country are jumping aboard the "Bain Worker Bus Tour," which is making stops across the nation to show residents they are against outsourcing. The vehicle will eventually stop in Boston at the candidate's campaign headquarters.

"Tell everybody the stories about what happens when your job gets outsourced," said Schreck regarding what the bus riders will be doing.

Dozens of Sensata workers have been camping for more than a week at what they're calling "Bainport." It's an empty field across the street from the factory.

"We're desperate here," said Tom Gaulrapp, who's losing his job of 33 years. "This is our last shot. And time's running low, so we're going to give it everything we got. We don't have much choice. This is our lives on the line."

Protesters will board the bus tonight for a month-long trip to fight their cause.


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