Trump did not save any Carrier jobs, after all

Carrier said in a statement Monday that it is proceeding with plans to cut 632 jobs from its Indiana plant before the end of this year.
By Lila Alexander | May 26, 2017
Shortly after his November 2016 electoral victory, President-elect Trump announced that he had talked the heating-and-cooling manufacturer Carrier out of outsourcing 1, 100 U.S.-based jobs to Mexico. But it is not to be: Carrier said in a statement Monday that it is proceeding with plans to cut 632 jobs from its Indiana plant before the end of this year.

The company had been warning of the impending layoffs internally as far back as December 1, when it issued a letter to employees announcing that it would be relocating its fan coil manufacturing lines over the course of 2017.

Monday's statement confirmed this plan and laid out a timeline for the subsequent layoffs: It forecast the elimination of 338 jobs by July 20, and of 290 more by December 20. In a Monday letter, Carrier put a timeline on its layoffs, announcing that it would eliminate 338 jobs by July 20, and another 290 by December 20. Some union officials not only called the elimination process a foregone conclusion, but even said that this timeline offers some relief insofar as workers now know for sure when and how the layoffs will unfold.

"It's been received well because it's given the people some clarity as to a date," Robert James, a Carrier employee who also serves as vice-president of United Steelworkers 1999, told the Daily Beast. "Now if they're applying for jobs, they can give a start time."

The move may come as a surprise to members of the general public, however. Trump had said in several public announcements that he had secured Carrier's promise to keep the jobs in the United States in return for billions of dollars of incentives.

"So many people in that big, big beautiful plant behind us which will be even more beautiful in about seven months from now they're so happy. They're gonna have a great Christmas," Trump said at a December 1 rally outside the Carrier plant. "That number's going to go up very substantially as they expand in this area, this plant. So the 1,100's gonna be a minimum number."

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