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What Kind of Person You Are: Betting Against American Workers

by Abby Zimet

With workers at the Bain-owned Sensata electronics plant in Freeport, IL. in their fourth week of a desperate attempt to save their 170 jobs from being outsourced to China with an encampment, petition, bus tour, pleas to Mitt Romney, and, this week, blocking of trucks moving equipment, the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights issued a devastating report, Betting Against American Workers, on working and living conditions at the Global-Tech plant in Dongguan, China where Romney invested $23 million over ten years ago. It found brutal sweatshop conditions where student interns as young as 16 work 16-hour-shifts seven days a week for $1 an hour, live in filthy dorms, are fed often rotten food and endure forced overtime - conditions, says their subsequent Misery Updated report, that persist today.