It turns out that Donald Trump’s deal with with the Carrier Corporation hasn’t saved any jobs.
Last year President Donald Trump touted the $7 million deal as a move that would save American manufacturing jobs and prevent companies like Carrier from moving those jobs overseas. At the time, Carrier pledged to keep 1070 jobs in Indianapolis for 10 years.
Carrier is planning on moving those jobs to Mexico anyway.
Since they struck the deal, Carrier laid off nearly 340 employees. According to Fox News, the company plans to lay off more than 215 workers this coming January. Robert James, president of a union that represents plant workers, said to the Indianapolis Star that:
“They just don’t have any faith in this plant staying in Indianapolis.”
Carrier employees initially appeared to be very happy with the deal. Disillusionment has set in as they’ve seen their colleagues laid off by the company regardless of the incentives offered to the company. Brenda Darlene Battle, a longtime Carrier employee, said to the New Yorker that:
“Trump came in there to the factory last December and blew smoke up our a—s. He wasn’t going to save those jobs.”
According to a report CNBC published in June, Trump’s claim that the $16 million investment in the plant would add jobs was misleading. United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes told CNBC in December that the money would go toward more automation in the factory and would ultimately result in fewer jobs.
Trump claimed he was sending a signal to corporate America and that companies moving jobs overseas where they can pay workers lower wages would no longer be tolerated. Trump said:
“They can leave from state to state, and they can negotiate good deals with the different states and all of that. But leaving the country is going to be very, very difficult.”
And where is our president now? He’s off negotiating a tax plan that will save corporate America billions over the next decade.
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