For Immediate Release
Friday, October 5, 2012
Contact: Jesse Kudler
(617) 974-3684, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Bain Worker Bus Tour to Visit Philadelphia Monday and Tuesday October 8-9, West Philadelphia and Center City
Philadelphia – The national Bain Worker Bus tour will come to Philadelphia Monday and Tuesday. The bus tour is traveling through swing states to warn voters of the dangers of a Romney Economy. Bain Capital is the private equity firm founded by Mitt Romney that embodies the soul of Romney Economics. Bain workers involved in the tour include current and former employees from Dunkin Donuts, Sensata, Burlington Coat Factory, Michaels, Outback Steakhouse, and other national chains, and they will speak on their experiences working for Bain-owned companies: low wages; few, if any, benefits; and precarious work situations.
On Monday, the bus will stop at a Dunkin’ Donuts branch at 55th and Chestnut at 2pm so West Philadelphia residents can hear how Bain burdened Dunkin’ with debt before cashing out for a huge profit that wasn’t shared with workers. On Tuesday, the bus will be at a center city Staples store at noon. Staples was started with capital from Bain, and Romney sat on its board for 15 years. At both locations, colorful street theater will have a Mitt Romney character arguing that his tenure at Bain was good for workers and would be good for America, but a group of protesters and former Bain workers will challenge him on this account of his record.
Romney frequently points to his leadership of Bain as one of his key qualifications to be president, writing in an op-ed that “The lessons I learned over my 15 years at Bain Capital … would help me as president to fix our economy, create jobs and get things done in Washington.” But Bain workers know firsthand what a Romney-Bain Economy looks like: Enrich the 1% by taking over companies, siphoning profits, avoiding paying taxes, laying off workers and leaving crummy low-wage jobs for everyone else.
WHAT: National Bain Worker Bus tour comes to Philadelphia
WHO: Low-income workers at Bain-owned companies from around the country, local minimum wage workers, Fight for Philly, and community members
WHEN: Monday October 8 and 2pm and Tuesday October 9 at noon
WHERE: Monday: Dunkin Donuts, 5506 Chestnut St., Tuesday: Staples, 1500 Chestnut St.
VISUALS: Bain Worker Bus, Mitt Romney street theater with campaign props, former and current Bain workers speaking
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