Former United Steelworkers President Chuck Jones on Wednesday ripped President Donald Trump after Carrier Corp. announced earlier this week that 215 workers would be laid off at its Indianapolis plant. This in addition to the 340 jobs eliminated from the same Indianapolis factory in July.
The announcement comes a little more than a year after President Trump visited the facility and took credit for negotiating a $7 million deal to keep its jobs from moving to Mexico.
Carrier said in a statement the layoffs are part of the company’s plan to “relocate fan coil manufacturing production lines,” which are moving to a facility in Mexico, according to a reporter from the IndyStar.
“Following the transition, Carrier’s Indianapolis operations will employ approximately 1,100 people,” the statement said.
On Wednesday, a group of Carrier workers and supporters gathered for a “The State of the Working Class” event to voice their outrage over the latest round of layoffs.
“I think everybody ought to respect the people that hold office,” Jones told the crowd. “I think everybody ought to respect the president of the United States and the office he holds. But Donald Trump is a liar and an idiot.”
“Everybody’s well aware of it, he campaigned to Bernie Sanders’ message, he campaigned on keeping jobs here in this country,” Jones continued. “We’ve got some people here that voted for Donald Trump because of the promises that he made. All during the campaign, Donald Trump numerous times mentioned Carrier by name. If he was president, the Carrier jobs would not be leaving this country and people bought into it.”
Jones said that unions “keep getting our ass kicked” in elections because some members do not turn out to vote.
“Our wizard of an ex-governor, Mike Pence, thought it would be a wonderful idea if taxpayers of Indiana anted up $7 million to give to [Carrier] because they are keeping 730 jobs here in the state,” Jones noted. “Whether you guys realize it, some of your tax money is not going to schools and stuff like that, it’s going to a very profitable corporation… That’s wrong.”
Jones said that then-candidate Trump “was full of shit when he was campaigning.”
“When he was saying these jobs would not be leaving this country, not at any point in time did he say, ‘I’m bringing back my jobs I’ve got outside the country. I’m going to bring back my daughter’s jobs,’” Jones noted. “He’s a pure and simple con man and I’m sorry people bought into his message. He sold us a bag of shit and now we’re stuck with it.”
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