Carrier union boss to Pres.-elect Trump: “You made a promise to keep all these jobs. You half-way delivered”

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President-elect Donald Trump has only kept half his promise to stop jobs at a Carrier plant from moving to Mexico, according to the union president who represents hourly workers at the Indianapolis factory.

“You made a promise to keep all these jobs. You half-way delivered,” said Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, when asked what he would like to tell Trump. “We expect you go back and keep all the jobs.”

Jones added that President-elect Trump should also help the 350 workers at an Indianapolis plant owned by another company, Rexnord, which is also slated to move to Mexico. Workers there are also members of USW Local 1999.

“Trump said no companies would be allowed to go to Mexico,” Jones said. “There are more than 300 people over there at Rexnord. He needs to deliver for them as well.”

Jones did not get to speak with President-elect Trump when the President-elect visited Carrier last week. But he said he was angry when President-elect Trump praised Carrier for “keeping 1,100 people” in jobs that won’t move to Mexico. The real number is 800.

To get the higher number, Carrier and President-elect Trump are counting 300 administrative and engineering jobs at a different facility in Indianapolis that were never at risk of being shipped to Mexico.

Carrier is still shifting about 600 jobs building fan coils to Mexico sometime next year. Under the deal with President-elect Trump, Carrier only agreed to keep the part of the plant that builds furnaces open, saving the 800 jobs in Indianapolis.

Carrier confirmed to CNNMoney on Friday that it never planned to move the 300 administrative and engineering positions.

“He’s lying his a– off,” Jones said about President-elect Trump’s claim of saving 1,100 jobs. “That’s not just my feeling. The numbers prove he’s lying his a– off. It’s a damn shame when you come in and make a false statements like that.”

Later Wednesday Jones elaborated in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett.

Jones said many of the workers whose jobs may now be saved are grateful to President-elect Trump, but that some workers who are still worried about losing their jobs are angry.

“We have a lot of our members, when word was coming out… they thought they would have a job. Then they found out Friday, that most likely they weren’t,” he said.

Burnett asked if Jones thought President-elect Trump should apologize, and he said, “I think he ought to make sure he gets all the facts straight before he starts talking about what he’s done.”

“I’m extremely grateful for what he did. There’s 800 people who have jobs… It’s not all one sided. I just wished it had been handled in more of a professional matter.”

The President-elect Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment about the jobs still moving to Mexico.

Jones said he hopes the company will offer workers the chance to leave voluntarily with the severance package that was previously negotiated — one week of pay for every year of service.

Ideally, more senior workers at the plant would take the package and retire, which would save the jobs of younger workers. The plant has a large number of senior employees.

“For workers who have 40 years in and were getting close to retirement, that 40 weeks pay might look pretty good,” Jones said. But severance talks have yet to start.

5 comments

  • angryunionthug

    Ok, so to summarize Trump helped keep hundreds of jobs from going to mexico. Without Trumps help this would not have happened. This guy is upset with Trump because CARRIER is still sending some jobs south of the border. Am I the only one who thinks this anger is misplaced and maybe kinda petty.

    • Opinion8d

      Another biased media story from CNN/Fox6…..instead of saying how grateful they are to have the jobs saved, it becomes about name calling and blaming Trump -even though he did far more than any Democrat did to help! And the Union boss sounds like an outright a$$hat. I guess the Democrats got to him after praising Trump last week. Why is every ‘news’ story filled with speculation and opinion?!?!? From the story – “We have a lot of our members, when word was coming out… they thought they would have a job. Then they found out Friday, that most likely they weren’t,” he said. – Did they, or did they not lose their job??? What does that even mean?? Who is the union boss referring to and why didn’t the NEWS story INVESTIGATE?!?!? What about the 300 other jobs ‘not moving to Mexico’?!?! -Were those jobs just being lost and not ‘moving’ or were those jobs never in jeopardy?!?!? And then at the end of the story, the true Union colors come out about, well, can’t some people take the deal like they are losing their jobs, even though they’re not….really?!?!? do you want a job or not?!?! Oh, but it’s to ‘save the younger worker’s job’….yeah, riiighhtttt!!!

  • Liberal Hypocrisy

    Typical Leftist crap out the the mouth of union leaders. The rank and file members are happy that something was done. What did this union jackass leader, Obama and Clinton do to save anything. NOTHING!! They actually encourage companies to leave with onerous regulation and taxes. They just call it globalization and tell everyone its the new normal. No it’s not! History has shown that when America is strong and prosperous, the rest of the world is safer and more prosperous.

    Again, Leftists wonder why half of union members voted Trump.

  • confused

    “Trump said no companies would be allowed to go to Mexico,” Jones said. “There are more than 300 people over there at Rexnord. He needs to deliver for them as well.”
    Hey JONES: He cannot make the laws yet.

  • redted

    These damn liberals can’t accept that Trump is already winning. Trump is paying his own money to save these jobs and they can’t even manage a simple “thank you”. I’ve now seen it all. These damn blacks should shut up already.

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