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Carrier To Fire Hundreds More Workers Trump Bragged About Having ‘Saved’ With $7 Million Deal


Carrier To Fire Hundreds More Workers Trump Bragged About Having ‘Saved’ With $7 Million Deal

A year after President Trump took credit for striking a deal with Carrier to keep 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S., the air conditioning company says it plans to lay off more than 200 additional employees in January on top of the 300 employees it laid off earlier this year.

Robert James, the president of the union that represents plant workers, said employees “just don’t have any faith in this plant staying in Indianapolis.”

Trump, who made revamping the manufacturing sector a key campaign promise, said he reached an agreement with the corporation last December to preserve about 1,000 jobs at the Indianapolis plant. The deal gave the company $7 million in tax incentives, paid for by the taxpayers of Indiana, to keep the jobs from going to Mexico.

Both Carrier and Trump celebrated the agreement on Twitter.

Trump also celebrated the agreement at the plant shortly after it was reached as an early victory of his agenda.

“I want to let all the other companies now that we are going to do great things for business. There’s no reason for them to leave anymore,” Trump said in December. “Their taxes are going to be at the low end and the unnecessary regulations are going to be gone.”

Trump struck the highly publicized deal last December after Carrier said it would close its facility in Indianapolis and move operations to Mexico — eliminating 1,400 jobs.

Carrier says it plans to lay off 215 employees in January, Fox News reported.

In July, the company announced it had laid off 300 workers at the Indianapolis factory.

“This week, approximately 300 employees will leave Carrier as part of the previously announced plan to relocate fan coil manufacturing production lines,” Carrier said in a statement at the time.

Brenda Darlene Battle, a 55-year-old former Carrier worker who accepted a buy-out agreement earlier this year, told the New Yorker that the general feeling among Carrier employees is that Trump “blew smoke up our asses.”


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