BOSTON, MA – To the shouts of “We are the people! We are united! We don’t want a Romney Economy!” and “Hey, Mitt Romney, you can’t hide – we can see your greedy side!,” activists unveiled a 40-foot tall banner reading ‘STOP THE ROMNEY-BAIN ECONOMY’ outside the Romney National Headquarters in Boston today. The mass demonstration and rally came as part of the nationwide Bain Worker Bus Tour, which has visited 14 states to share stories from the communities impacted by the Romney-Bain model – one that ships good, family-supporting jobs overseas and slashes wages, hours and benefits for the few positions that remain.
“Our jobs are going to China because of Bain, and Mitt Romney will make a fistful of money on the deal,” said Dot Turner, a 43-year veteran of Bain-owned Sensata Technologies, whotrained her Chinese replacement as a condition of her severance. “This is what we can expect from a Romney-Bain economy – more corporate greed that exploits workers like me for profit.”
Sensata workers led a delegation of more than 250 fellow Bain employees and allies from Massachusetts, Illinois, Virginia and Washington, DC, handing out thousands of leaflets[attached] to warn voters about the dangers of a Romney-Bain economy. In the shadow of Bain Capital’s headquarters at Copley Square, the workers testified to the devastating impact of Bain’s outsourcing schemes on communities across the country. Others like Simara Martinez, an employee of Dunkin’ Donuts under Bain’s ownership, took Romney to task for the economic vision he put in place at Bain.
“My co-workers and I have first-hand experience with the Romney-Bain agenda and all the wage theft and slashed hours and benefits that come with it,” said Martinez, a Dorchester native. “It’s like modern-day slavery, and if we don’t speak out now it could be too late.”
The workers were joined by a host of Boston-area elected officials, faith and community leaders – including Bishop Filipé Teixeira and City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Ayanna Pressley and Charles Yancey. The cadre of leaders offered both support for the workers’ fight and harsh assessments of the Romney-Bain record on jobs.
“Mitt Romney may talk a big game, but he’s never been a true job creator,” said Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo. “When Romney was governor, Massachusetts was 47th in job creation – and he’s made a living by outsourcing American jobs in the private sector. The truth is we just can’t afford a Romney-Bain economy.”