December 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Indianapolis, IN – United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones told the Washington Post Dec. 6 that Donald Trump had “lied his ass off” when telling workers at the Carrier air-conditioner plant here Dec. 1 that he’d worked out a deal to save more than 1,100 jobs. Carrier executives later told Jones that only 730 of the production jobs would stay, and 550 members of Local 1999 would be laid off.
Trump had inflated the figure by including 350 jobs in research and development that were never scheduled to leave, Jones said, along with 80 nonunion clerical and supervisory positions. “Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” he added. In the deal brokered by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, will receive $700,000 a year in state tax credits for a decade. United Technologies, however, has also not changed its plans to sack 700 workers at a factory in Huntington, Indiana, and move production to northern Mexico. Trump reacted Dec. 7 with Twitter posts saying that Jones “has done a terrible job representing Steelworkers. No wonder companies flee country!” and that Local 1999 should “reduce dues!” Jones told BBC News that after the President-elect’s posts appeared, he received several phone calls warning him, “you better keep your eye on your kids.” Read more