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The Institute for Global and Human Rights has released a report on Bain Capital's Sensata plants in China. In its press release, the Institute says Bain Capital -- founded by Mitt Romney, who still has a significant stake in the company -- invested in brutal Chinese sweatshops while it is shutting down the Sensata factory in Freeport, Ill., the day before the Presidential Election.
Despite the fact that the Freeport factory was extremely profitable — while its workers earned $14 to $17 an hour with benefits — Bain is terminating 170 workers in order to relocate the work to China. Three protesters were arrested earlier this week for blocking trucks from leaving the plant.
At Bain’s Sensata Technologies factories in Changzhou and Baoying, management hires only young women, the vast majority of whom work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week for wages of just 99 cents to $1.35 per hour. The workers say it is not much of a life. All they do is work. They do not enjoy religious freedom, political freedom, or internationally recognized labor rights.
Also the Steelworkers have released a devastating new 6-minute video, which includes testimonies of workers at the Sensata factory in Freeport.