Carrier, Union Clarify Jobs Numbers
Carrier Corp. is clarifying jobs numbers related to a plan to keep jobs previously headed to Mexico in Indiana and the Indianapolis plant open. In an email to Inside INdiana Business Monday evening, the company confirmed that 800 Carrier jobs are staying in Indiana, as well as an additional 300 jobs that were never going to Mexico. Those jobs are corporate and engineering positions.
Also Monday, in a flyer distributed to membership, United Steelworkers Local 1999 confirmed the numbers, indicating more than 500 bargaining unit employees will have their jobs outsourced to Mexico.
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence announced a deal to keep the Carrier plant open last week, during a high profile event at the company’s west side operation.
The deal includes a ten-year state incentive package consisting of $5 million in conditional tax credits, $1 million in training dollars and another $1 million pending a major investment in the plant by Carrier. The company has announced plans to invest $16 million in Indianapolis.
As part of the deal, United Technologies Corp. has committed to maintaining at least 1,069 Carrier jobs in Indianapolis at an average wage of just under $31 per hour.
As Inside INdiana Business reported last week, a United Technologies Corp. plant in Huntington is not part of the deal and is still scheduled to have 700 jobs there shipped to Mexico.
In the flyer to members Monday, USW International President Leo W. Gerard said, "during the campaign, the president-elect spoke out vigorously for the need to bring jobs back home, to invest in domestic manufacturing, take a hard line with trading partners and reform our nation’s failed trade practices. The USW shares those goals."
This story will be updated. You can view the flyer sent to union membership below: