Protesters arrested at Sensata plant

By Tom McIntyre

October 8, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 9:34 AM CDT

FREEPORT, Ill -- Monday in Freeport, Illinois, three protesters were arrested after they tried to block a truck from leaving the Sensata plant. What's brought attention to this protest is that Sensata plans to shut down operations and outsource to China, and is owned by Bain Capital.

A man, a woman and the 16-year-old daughter of the Sensata employee were arrested after they refused to get out of the way of a truck leaving the plant with equipment for China.

Sensata develops and manufactures sensors and controls for auto companies. Some 170 jobs will be lost when the plant is closed down.

Some of the workers have called on Mitt Romney, the former Bain Capital CEO, to intervene. Reportedly, a campaign spokesman recently said that President Obama's handling of the economy had much to do with the decision to close the plant in Lockport.

"Not all of us, but some of us are willing to be arrested to stop that truck," said Debi Kempel, one of the three arrested today.

Protesters have been camping out across the street from the Sensata plant since early September. The plant is slated for closing next month. 

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