Donald Trump attempted to start off his Presidency on a good footing, ushering in an era of what he claimed to be job creation and retention. On February 10, 2016, the Carrier Corporation announced that it was closing plants in Indianapolis and Huntington, Indiana, and moving to Monterrey, Mexico.
Trump, realizing the opportunity to earn some much needed positive press, said, “We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people… All you have to do is take a look at Carrier air-conditioning in Indianapolis. They left—fired fourteen hundred people. They’re going to Mexico.”
Immediately following his surprising election-night win, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with the governor of Indiana and announced that Carrier would keep nearly eight hundred jobs in the United States.
“So many people in that other—the big, beautiful plant behind us, which will be even more beautiful in about seven months from now, they’re so happy,” Trump said during a press conference.
Fast forward to May 2017 and Carrier has announced a time line for firing six hundred and thirty-two employees. The first round started on Thursday with three hundred and thirty-eight employees being shown the door.
Many of the employees being ushered out have worked for the company for decades and are near or at retirement age.
In the meantime, employees are now complaining that Carrier executives have threatened to cut three-man teams down to two members, creating potentially unsafe working conditions inside the plant Donald Trump claimed to be saving.
In other positions, robots have been installed to downsize the number of workers needed.
“Trump came in there to the factory last December and blew smoke up our asses. He wasn’t gonna save those jobs. And, if that’s the case, he would have saved us and Rexnord, a company around the corner from us that makes parts,” one disgruntled employee told The New Yorker.
“We had a mix of Trump supporters and Clinton supporters at the factory, I’d say. The ones that really supported him are quiet right now. Some of them got let go yesterday, too,” they added.
USA Today was first to report that
Trump’s Carrier’s layoffs started to activate exactly six months after the POTUS claimed to be saving jobs at a time when more than 800 were leaving the factory.
The nearly 800 jobs leaving the area don’t include the layoffs Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies Corp. has also planned for an additional 700 workers at a factory in Huntington, Indiana, near Fort Wayne, Indiana.
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