It was amazing to have coincidentally met up with noise of rain on the highway so I could follow him and not get lost (he even waited for me after I got caught in a line of cars at the toll booth). I have no sense of direction and even GPS fails sometimes, so this was perfect.
But this isn't what I want to talk about. I want to talk about Sensata. And so did Ed Schultz.
The Freeport Sensata plant made $500 million in profits for the company, but that's not enough for the greedy so they're moving production to China. Sensata workers earn a decent middle class wage of about $17/per hour. The new Chinese workers will earn less than a dollar an hour, work 12 hour shift with about one day off per month, and get housed in dormatories on the factory grounds.
After Bain bought control of Sensata, they met with the workers and told them that the factory was moving and the machinery they used (to make sensors used in US automobiles), but the workers losing their jobs were forced to train the Chinese workers who were taking their jobs.
Remember what Mitt Romney said as he discussed with excitement and envy over the conditions at a Chinese factory he visited:
You can almost hear him drooling over the exploitation of the workers at the factory Bain was buying. Like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, Mitt Romney doesn't have a heart, but unlike the Tin Man, he doesn't want one. To an oligarch, humanity, empathy, and compassion are only for the little people.
Bain is continuing to make even more profits from what is, essentially, slave labor. Worse yet, they're being rewarded with tax breaks for their "expenses" in moving factories to countries that allow them to exploit their people.
The Ed Show on MSNBC also took a road trip yesterday, filming from Bainport.
More video from The Ed Show can be seen here. If you would like me to post more video, let me know.
Another Kossack Empower Ink from Chicago also came to the event, coming to the OLB as we were packing up after the event with joy that we were there.
Cars passing on the highway honked their support throughout the day and night. People know the economic impact that the factory closing will have on their community.
Sensata in Freeport will close on December 21. A very unmerry holiday for the workers, their families, and the community. They're closing not because the company is not making huge profits, but because Bain Capitol wants even more massive profits - the kinds that come from exploiting Chinese labor.
The greed of Bain can't be rewarded by putting its founder in the White House.
UPDATE: For more on Romney/Bain please see Matt Taibbis recent article in Rolling Stone.
And noise of rain dropped by to post additional awesome video in the comments.