ROXBURY, MA – Nearly 200 local residents joined City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Tito Jackson at Roxbury’s Hibernian Hall Thursday to speak out against what they call failed Romney-Bain economics. Just hours before Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered his official acceptance speech in Tampa, the sizeable delegation of working families and seniors back home in Boston told the real story of Romney’s record as Massachusetts governor and CEO of Bain Capital.
From seniors and healthcare workers worried about Romney’s attempts to end Medicare and Medicaid to workers from Bain-owned companies, the [NO!]mination Convention featured a parade of former constituents and employees painted a dark picture of what a Romney-Bain economy could mean for the rest of the country.
“My co-workers and I have first-hand experience with the Romney-Bain economy. They do everything they can to keep us close to minimum wage with no benefits – and when that’s not enough, they just refuse to pay us for the hours we work,“ said Simara Martinez, a Dorchester who works for Bain-owned Dunkin’ Donuts. “It’s like modern-day slavery, and if we don’t speak out now it could be too late.”
Mitt Romney has built his presidential candidacy on a host of claimed successes in government and business. But his record as Governor of Massachusetts paints an entirely different picture – one where constituents were saddled with more than $2.6 billion in new debt and saw the state fall to 47th in job creation. Massachusetts lost 40,000 manufacturing jobs during Romney’s tenure, in addition to call center and other state jobs he outsourced to India. Those who toiled under Romney’s Bain Capital fared even worse, as thousands were sent to the unemployment lines as their jobs were shipped overseas to China and India. The few employees that remained were subjected to a ‘worker-exploitation-for-profit’ model that slashed pay and benefits, reduced hours, forced off-the-clock work and committed outright wage theft.
“He may talk a big game, but when it comes to jobs, it would be hard to find someone with a worse record than Mitt Romney,” said Olivé Hendricks, a Roslindale ironworker who has had a tough time finding consistent work since the economic downturn hit the construction industry. “When Romney was governor, we were almost dead-last in job creation – and now he’s trying to kill all the bills that create jobs at the federal level. We just can’t afford a Romney-Bain economy.”
Thursday’s [NO!]mination Convention followed days of protests at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, where Fitzpatrick, Martinez and other local Bain workers joined hundreds of others in speaking out against the harmful effects of the Romney-Bain economic agenda.