Monday, September 24, 2012

The ‘Stop The Romney Economy’ Bus Tour Visited Moline Monday (Sept. 24)

The Bain Worker Bus tour arrived in Moline, Illinois on Monday, Sept. 24. Current and former employees of Bain Capital-owned companies launched the month-long journey across the country to persuade voters in key states to reject Mitt Romney’s economic vision for our country.

The Crowd chanted “Stop ‘Job Killing Bobby Schilling’” and “say ‘No to the Romney Economy’" as they welcomed the "Stop the Romney Economy" Bain bus. Spokeswoman and IL 17 resident Cynthia Rivers emceed the event and said she worked for 30 years before being laid off. "I've been looking for work and want to work. I’m a good worker. Tell Romney his economy doesn't work for us and won't work for America." Approximately 40 Quad City area residents, many of them underemployed and laid-off, greeted the Bain Worker Bus with a rally signs that read “Schilling save our Sensata jobs”, “Keep good jobs in America”, and “Give us an Economy for all”. Many of the rally participants called on Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling to intercede and stop allowing good jobs to be outsourced. The tour kicked off with a rally in St. Louis, Missouri and is taking the Bain workers’ message straight to voters as it winds its way across the country, culminating in a day of action in Boston, Massachusetts where both Romney’s campaign and Bain Capital are headquartered.

After kicking off in St Louis, MO, the tour stopped in Freeport, IL, where 170 workers at a Bain-owned Sensata plant are facing imminent outsourcing of their jobs to China and calling on former Bain CEO Romney to intercede on their behalf. Workers then travel to the Quad Cities Sept. 24 in Illinois…then Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and on to the presidential debate in Hempstead, NY. Activities planned at various stops of the Bain Worker Bus include rallies and other public events, as well as meetings with voters, canvassing, and other voter contact activities. Each tour participant—a current or former worker at a Bain-owned company—will spend anywhere from one night to a few weeks traveling on the bus, bringing their messages to voters and low-wage workers they meet along the way. The Bain Worker Bus Tour is being sponsored by the 99% movement, a coalition of progressive organizations such as Stand Up Chicago, Progress Missouri, and SEIU, that has been advocating for economic policies that benefit working Americans.
Today’s bus participants are:
Tom Gaulrapp, Sensata (Freeport, IL)
Calvin Johnson, Guitar Center (Detroit, MI)
Jessica Muniz, formerly Dunkin Donuts (Washington, DC)

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