They've been traveling across the country over the past few weeks, but today workers from Sensata and other Bain-owned companies brought their message straight to Mitt Romney's campaign headquarters in Boston -- and they made damn sure their message would be seen:
To the shouts of “We are the people! We are united! We don’t want a Romney Economy!” and “Hey, Mitt Romney, you can’t hide – we can see your greedy side!,” activists unveiled a 40-foot tall banner reading ‘STOP THE ROMNEY-BAIN ECONOMY’ outside Romney's campaign office in Boston's North End. The mass demonstration and rally came as part of the nationwide Bain Worker Bus Tour, which has visited 14 states to share stories from the communities impacted by the Romney-Bain model – one that ships good, family-supporting jobs overseas and slashes wages, hours and benefits for the few positions that remain.
“Our jobs are going to China because of Bain, and Mitt Romney will make a fistful of money on the deal,” said Dot Turner, a 43-year veteran of Bain-owned Sensata Technologies, who trained her Chinese replacement as a condition of her severance. “This is what we can expect from a Romney-Bain economy – more corporate greed that exploits workers like me for profit.”
In the shadow of Bain Capital’s headquarters at Copley Square, the workers testified to the devastating impact of Bain’s outsourcing schemes on communities across the country. Others like Simara Martinez, an employee of Dunkin’ Donuts under Bain’s ownership, took Romney to task for the economic vision he put in place at Bain.
“My co-workers and I have first-hand experience with the Romney-Bain agenda and all the wage theft and slashed hours and benefits that come with it,” said Martinez, a Dorchester native. “It’s like modern-day slavery, and if we don’t speak out now it could be too late.”