FREEPORT (WIFR) -- In one month, 170 Freeport workers will lose their jobs to China. Now, congressional leaders are hoping to make them the face of a larger movement.
"They've drawn the attention of the world to Freeport, Illinois, and to Sensata Technologies. They could have gone quietly, trained their Chinese replacements, and just gone to the unemployment lines, but they stood up with pride for the work they put in here," said the Senator.
Senator Dick Durbin gave these workers at Gainport a new rallying cry. Many of them have been camping across the street from the Sensata Technologies Factory in Freeport for 35 days to protest Bain Capital's decision to export their jobs to a factory in China. Senator Durbin and congressional candidate Cheri Bustos want to make sure this doesn't happen again.
"I want to give a tax break, and voted for it, to bring jobs back to the United States from overseas. Cheri Bustos feels the same way. Let's have a tax code that focuses on creating more products stamped 'Made in the U.S.A.' That to me is the future," Durbin said.
Tom Gaulrapp has been the face of the “Bainport" campsite. He has said they'll live in tents until former Bain CEO and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney helps them get their jobs back. But, as today's rally demonstrated, their mission has evolved over time.
"We need to get people into Congress to support this legislation, because this idea of outsourcing American jobs purely for greed is wrong on every single level imaginable,” Gaulrapp remarked.
Durbin co-sponsored the "Bring Jobs Home Act" in July, but the bill did not pass through the Senate.
Representative Bobby Schilling tells us he thinks it's a poorly written bill, and it would have an adverse effect on companies. He says to stop outsourcing, corporate taxes “must be in line and over regulation of businesses must be stopped."