Dot Turner, a laid off Sensata worker from Freeport, will be
joining U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) at President Obama's State of
the Union address tomorrow.
After working at the
same factory for 43 years, Turner was laid off earlier this year when
Sensata Technologies, a maker of sensors and controls that are used in
aircrafts, automobiles, and electric motors, shut down its Freeport
factory and moved to China.
Purchased in 2006 by
Bain Capital, the investment firm co-founded by Mitt Romney, the
Republican Party's nominee for President in the 2012 election, Sensata
Technologies announced in 2011 it would be relocating its Freeport plant
to China and forced many of its workers to train their Chinese
replacements. Turner was one of 170 workers who were laid off.
Sensata employees and community organizers hosted multiple rallies and marches
in the months leading up to the plant's closure, even calling on Romney to intervene to no avail.
is more important to me than fighting for American workers like Dot
Turner and for American manufacturing jobs like those lost at Sensata,”
said Congresswoman Bustos in a statement. “That’s why I’m honored that
Dot Turner will be my guest at the State of the Union address. I hope
that President Obama lays out a plan that prioritizes creating
good-paying jobs here at home and I look forward to continuing to
support American workers like Dot and all those who lost their jobs at