Jackson freed after Ill. workers' protest arrest

October 25, 2012 - 8:33 AM
Freeport Jobs Jackson

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, holds up hands with Richard Montgomery of Freeport, Ill., after they and about a dozen others were arrested on criminal trespass to property charges by Freeport, Ill., police Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. They had been protesting at Sensata Technologies, owned by Bain Capital, which is in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China. (AP Photo/The Journal-Standard, Joe Tamborello) MANDATORY CREDIT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he joined workers at a northern Illinois plant that's slated to close because their fight to save their jobs is "the essence of the American struggle."

Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday with about a dozen other protesters who marched onto the property at Sensata (sen-SAH'-tuh) Technologies. The company is in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China, at a cost of 170 jobs from the Illinois plant.

The protesters were cited for violating Freeport's trespassing ordinance and released. Jackson said the protests will continue next week.