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Rev. Jackson protests with Sensata workers

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 3:39 p.m. CDT

FREEPORT (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson is protesting with a group of northern Illinois workers on the verge of losing their jobs and says he's prepared to get arrested in an act of civil disobedience.

Sensata Technologies is owned by Bain Capital and in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China. That'll cost Freeport 170 jobs.

Company officials say most of the plant's revenues are generated in Asia, making the move a logical decision.

Jackson was in Freeport Wednesday. He calls the situation a case where American trade policy is foreign policy.

The civil rights leader has been among other high-profile supporters who've visited the workers. The Rev. Al Sharpton recently held a rally in Freeport. Also, Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin have visited workers.

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