Municipal Government, National

Carrier Workers Facing Layoffs Speak Out

January 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Indianapolis, IN – Donald Trump “stood on stage and lied about 1,100 jobs being saved at Carrier in Indianapolis,” says United Steelworkers Local 1999 vice president Robert James, a forklift driver who’s worked for 18 years at the factory.

Trump claimed he’d saved 2,000 jobs at the HVAC control-panel plant, James explains, but in reality, almost 1,300 workers will be laid off. Still, he says, “a lot of our people” voted for Trump. “They may not have buyers’ remorse now, but they will later.” Workers facing layoffs as Carrier moves production from its two Indiana plants to Monterrey, Mexico are divided on whether Trump will help them, as are those at the Rexnord’s ball-bearing factory, whose 350 jobs are also going south this year. Carrier worker Frank Staples, 37, who supported Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, calls Trump a “jackass” who claims that “Northern workers make too much.” But John Feltner, 47, vice president of Local 1999’s Rexnord unit, says an overwhelming majority of workers there voted for Trump, blaming the Democrats for NAFTA. He said he still supports him “if he is going to bring jobs back to America…. It’s a shot in the dark. But it’s a shot.” Read more

January 23, 2017

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