Donald Trump has touted his deal with Carrier as ‘saving’ jobs, but that was at a high cost for taxpayers, and now its parent company United Technologies Corp. is hiking its prices by 5 percent. There’s so much wrong with this deal.
Well, the president of United Steelworkers local 1999, Chuck Jones, is calling out Trump.
The union leader heard from Carrier that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all.
Do the math:
Of the nearly 1,400 workers at the Indianapolis plant, however, 350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave, Jones said. Another 80 jobs, which Trump seemed to include in his figure, were non-union clerical and supervisory positions. (A Carrier spokesperson confirmed the numbers.) And now the president-elect was applauding the company and giving it millions of dollars in tax breaks, even as hundreds of Indianapolis workers prepared to be laid off.
“But he got up there and, for whatever reason, lied his a– off,” said Jones. “Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers.”
You don’t say.
The deal was for Carrier to exchange downsizing its move to Mexico for United Technologies to receive $7 million in tax credits from Indiana. That amount is to be paid in $700,000 installments over ten years.
However, United Technologies still plans to send 700 factory jobs from Huntington, Ind, to Mexico.
That’s a far cry from Donald Trump previously saying he would make the company “pay a damn tax,” because he did the exact opposite of that. The deal was so bad that even Sarah Palin blasted Trump for it. Sarah. Fucking. Palin. The half-term Governor of Alaska called it ‘crony capitalism.’ Which is funny thing because so did we. But, only one of us saw this coming and it wasn’t Palin.
As Mother Jones points out:
Compared to Carrier’s 1,000 jobs, Obama’s auto bailout saved something like 250,000 jobs at General Motors and Chrysler, and 1 million to 2 million total jobs throughout the entire automotive supply chain. Just sayin’.
Hey Trump supporters, ya’ got burned.
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