Bobby Schilling Doesn’t Support Legislation to Keep Jobs In America

After working for the same company for more than 33 years, Tom Gaulrapp, a worker at Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Ill. will lose his job. Not because he’s retiring or because he resigned. Tom is getting laid off so his job can be sent to China where the cost of labor is cheaper.

Tom has joined 173 of his coworkers in a fight to save their jobs. Sensata employees have started petitions, asked Mitt Romney to come talk with them, and some are even camping to draw attention to their situation.

Recently, Tom took his concerns to Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL) where he presented the Congressman with a simple question: “Would you support a bill which would either tax, fine, or in some way financially dissuade businesses from moving jobs form the United States to China?

The exchange, which was captured on tape, is shocking. Like a true politician, Schilling dodges Tom’s question, but the Congressman’s son Terry—who also happens to be the campaign’s manager—isn’t so shy. Two minutes and three seconds into the tape, one can clearly hear Terry Schilling say, “He said no. He doesn’t support the bill. He does not support it.”

If Tom’s own Congressman isn’t going to fight for his job, who will? Workers like Tom need politicians who will stand behind the 99% and stop catering to wealthy corporations. It’s time to tell Schilling he’s wrong.

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