Freeport workers rally to save their jobs - – Rockford’s News Leader

Freeport workers rally to save their jobs

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It might be too late to save the jobs at Sensata Technologies, but that isn't stopping workers from taking a stand against out-sourcing.

"Financially, I'm extremely worried about how I'm going to pay the bills and make ends meet." -says Sensata employee Cheryl Randecker.

Current Sensata employees and supporters fill the chairs at Freeport City Hall in an effort to publicly address City Council members and Mayor George Gaulrapp. Randecker's objective is simple.

"I'm going to ask them to come and support us, and help us come up with a plan to save our jobs." -she says.

And Freeport is just the beginning. Sensata workers are making their presence known in Illinois and nation-wide. Early today, they brought a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to U.S. Representative Don Manzullo's office. Mayor Gaulrapp says he understands Sensata workers' frustrations, since this outsourcing affects his own family. 

"It's heartfelt, I have a niece there, I have friends there. You know, she's going to lose her job. I've had friends who have had to move to Ohio and uproot their family out of our community." -says Gaulrapp.

Randecker and other supporters are extending an invitation to city government for a community meeting July 8th to try and save their jobs.

"We're calling on the community, and gathering the community, and other groups to come together." -says Randecker.

Mayor Gaulrapp and most City Council members say they'll be there.

"I want to go there as a fellow citizen, an uncle to my niece, a friend of my friend, and give them support." -says Gaulrapp.

As for the former Honeywell building, which Sensata is using, NIDA executive director David Young says it's on the market. Honeywell's broker is currently screening manufacturing companies looking for a building of that size. The building will be empty by November 2nd, the same day Randecker and her co-workers are officially unemployed.

"We live out there, and we put a lot of our life into that company, and this is what we're going to get out of it." -she says.

The community meeting will be held at Logan's Bar and Grill in Freeport. It starts at 1 p.m.

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