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Union Leader Says Trump Lied About Carrier Deal

A union leader at the Indianapolis Carrier plant says Donald Trump lied about the number of jobs the company will keep in the U.S.
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Union Leader Says Trump Lied About Carrier Deal

Donald Trump touted his deal to keep more than 1,000 jobs at an Indiana Carrier plant as his first major achievement as president-elect. 

But a union leader says Trump "lied his ass off" about how many jobs would stay in Indiana. 

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Chuck Jones is the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 and was a vocal Bernie Sanders supporter. He said he learned Carrier would only keep 730 productions jobs in Indianapolis. Beyond that, 550 of his union members would be out of a job. 

Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, planned to outsource 1,350 jobs to Mexico, where wages are a slim $6 an hour — almost six times lower than in Indianapolis, where employees rake in around $34 an hour. Carrier officials say there is no way to compete with the benefits of outsourcing labor. 

That's not what Trump told the press when he visited the plant, though.

"United Technologies and Carrier stepped it up and now they’re keeping — actually the number's over 1,100 people, which is so great," Trump said. 

United Technologies received $7 million in tax credits over the next 10 years in exchange for keeping the Indianapolis workers at the plant. 

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The company is still moving forward with a plan to relocate 700 factory jobs in Huntington, Indiana, to Mexico.

Jones says he plans on having more meetings with Carrier in the coming months to negotiate for those who will be laid off, asking for things like extra vacation time. 

Jones says jobs will likely start moving south of the border in May 2017. The process will take roughly two years.