We have posted several pieces regarding the Carrier situation. Thanks to the Tweeter-in-Chief it just got bigger. It seems after Steelworker Local President Check Jones, who represents the Carrier workers, pointed out that The Donald was to put it politely, not using accurate numbers, to tout his role in preventing some of the layoffs at Carrier. Twitter Trump was upset by local President Jones using the correect numbers to illustrate what had actually been done and unleashed one of his famous “tweet tiradess” directed at President Jones.
On Thursday, Lawrence O’ Donnell interviewed President Jones and got his side of the story. The interesting response of Trump supporter such as threatening Mr. Jones and his family with violence makes me wonder how committed these folks are to improving the lives of American workers or if this is the “alt-right” faction rising to the suraface. This interview makes it clear that President Jones is not intimidated.
Not intimidated to say the least. This morning Mr. Jones took his response to a new level with his piece I’m the union leader Donald Trump attacked. I’m tired of being lied to about our jobs…
I’m a union leader in Indianapolis. I represent the Carrier workers whose jobs Donald Trump has pledged to save. And I’m tired of being lied to.
In February, corporate officials came to our plant and announced that they were closing the facility. They would move 1,300 jobs to a plant in Mexico. (Three hundred and fifty positions would remain in Indianapolis, mostly filled by research and development staff.)
Over the next several months, my team and I worked tirelessly to keep Carrier in our city. We came up with $23 million in savings, but the Carrier brass said that wasn’t enough. They could save $65 million by moving to Mexico. We couldn’t match that unless we were willing to cut wages to $5/hour and cut all benefits.
So we started to negotiate a severance package instead — one week of pay for every year of service, a $2,500 lump sum for every employee and free health care for six months.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, Trump got involved. He sat down with Carrier leaders. Afterward, he announced that 1,100 jobs would be saved. When I first heard the news, I was optimistic. But I began to get nervous when we couldn’t get any details on the deal. I urged caution, but our members got their hopes up. They thought their jobs had been saved.
When I met with Carrier officials last Thursday, I realized that that wouldn’t be the case. Though Trump said he’d saved 1,100 jobs, he hadn’t. Carrier told us that 550 people would get laid off.
Trump didn’t tell people that, though. When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job. People went crazy for him. They thought, because of Trump, I’m going to be able to provide for my family.
All the while, I’m sitting there, thinking that’s not what the damn numbers say. Trump let people believe that they were going to have a livelihood in that facility. He let people breathe easy. When I told our members the next day, they were devastated.
I was angry, too. So I told a Washington Post reporter the truth — that Trump’s 1,100 number was wrong. When Trump read my comments, he got angry. Last night, he tweeted: