TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Employees of companies owned by Bain Capital protested across the street from the SeaGate Centre before presidential candidate Mitt Romney took the stage Wednesday.
The protestors came to Toledo in the "Bain Bus" with the message ‘A Bain economy is bad economy for the United States'.
"My job as we speak is being out-sourced to China. As of November 5th, I will be done and out of a job after 33 years with this plant," said Cheryl Randecker who works for a Bain owned company.
Randecker works at Sensata Technologies. In January of 2011, the automotive line Randecker worked on was sold. The line is now owned by Bain Capital, a company Romney started in 1984 but has not been employed by since 2002.
Randecker and other employees of Bain led companies are traveling to the same locations Romney is to tell their stories of what it is like to work and live in what they call a Romney and Bain economy.
"Romney isn't good for this economy because his way of creating jobs is to give away, getting rid of my job which is a good paying job and replace them with a minimum wage or lower paying job. So, they need to know that he's putting profit before people," said Randecker.
The Romney/Bain economy theme has caught on with many of those in opposition to Romney. Protesters who call themselves the "99%" spread the same message outside the SeaGate Centre.
"We're out here to support the Bain workers that are here today, these are people who have experienced firsthand what it means to work for a company that Mitt Romney runs and it hasn't been a good experience, it's been bad for them and it would be bad for our economy as well," said protester Greg Lyons.
There was some shouting back and forth between the Romney supporters and the protesters but Wednesday's protests were peaceful.
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