Trump’s Carrier hocus pocus. Sanders says it stinks. AFL CIO is quiet. UPDATED: Steelworkers union supports Trump/Carrier deal.

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The silent AFL CIO President Richard Trumka.

This is the corporate scam we have seen time and again. A corporation employing hundreds or thousands of people threatens to move to another state – usually one with right-to-work-for-nothing laws – or to Mexico or China and local state government throws every tax break they got at them to get them to stay.

Often, a year later they close anyway. Or cut wages. Or go after the union.

With Trump’s announcement that he saved Carrier production in Indiana, we see the practice expanding as a national economic policy.

Note: Most of the United Technology/Carrier jobs in Indiana are still moving to Mexico.

Despite the cheers Mr. Trump received as he walked around the factory floor, where the lines continued to run and he had to shout at times to be heard, another 1,000 workers for the company in Indiana will be losing their jobs.

This includes 700 at a United Technologies factory in nearby Huntington, as well as several hundred here. The 800 or so jobs that are being preserved are mostly on the lines that build medium- and high-efficiency gas furnaces.

Bernie Sanders got it right in his Washington Post op-ed.

In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country.

President-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Pence have convinced air conditioning manufacturer Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs at its Indianapolis, Ind. plant instead of moving them to Mexico. This is a major publicity score for Trump who had previously criticized Carrier and other manufacturers on the campaign trail. But putting pressure on individual businesses doesn’t make for a winning long term strategy. 

Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives. Even corporations that weren’t thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be reevaluating their stance this morning. And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America?

The working class of America.  

Apparently the shock waves didn’t find their way to AFl-CIO headquarters where President Richard Trumka has yet to comment.

Not even a Tweet.

Trumka was quick to side with those building the pipeline at Standing Rock, but has lost his voice on this corporate black mail.

UPDATE:

(Pittsburgh) — The United Steelworkers (USW) today said it is pleased that Carrier Corp. has decided to retain nearly 1,000 of the 1,400 manufacturing jobs that it planned to move from Indianapolis to Mexico beginning in 2017. The union looks forward to learning the details of the proposed deal, whose jobs will be saved and how much production will remain in Indiana.

“The dedicated USW members in Indianapolis who build quality heating equipment for Carrier deserve credit for bringing the union’s fight to save their jobs to the attention of the nation during the 2016 presidential campaign,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

“The details are yet to be known, but America needs good-paying, family-sustaining jobs. We thank President-elect Trump for listening to our members and following through on his campaign pledge to persuade Carrier to keep production of quality heating equipment in Indianapolis.”

“We also appreciate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ efforts in keeping this issue on the front burner,” said USW District 7 Director Mike Millsap.

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.

The USW has long fought, and will keep fighting in both Republican and Democratic administrations, for government policies to promote and support domestic manufacturing and the interests of working people.

“America’s manufacturing sector was once the path to middle class prosperity and has been the envy of the world. But, for too long, it has had to compete against unfair trade practices and flawed trade policies that have promoted outsourcing and offshoring,” said USW International Vice President Tom Conway.

The USW represents 850,000 workers in North America employed in many industries, including metals, rubber, chemicals, paper, oil refining, mining and the service and public sectors.  For more information: http://www.usw.org/.

4 Replies to “Trump’s Carrier hocus pocus. Sanders says it stinks. AFL CIO is quiet. UPDATED: Steelworkers union supports Trump/Carrier deal.”

  1. Eugene Robinson Trump will helm a government of, by and for corporate America… Washington Post

    ‘…So imagine you’re a CEO who wants to send, say, 5,000 manufacturing jobs overseas. Having learned from the Carrier example, you might begin by announcing that unfortunately you are forced to eliminate 10,000 jobs because of the crushing tax burden. Even if you really want to move the jobs to Vietnam or Kenya, just say you’re looking at possible sites for a new plant in Mexico. That’s sure to get Trump’s attention.
    When Trump calls offering tax breaks or enterprise zone incentives or free rounds of golf in Scotland, whatever goodies he tosses in, hold out for a while — then reluctantly, in the spirit of patriotism and Making America Great Again, announce you’ve agreed to cancel half of the 10,000 job cuts. You’d still be meeting your original goal of eliminating 5,000 jobs, only now you’d also have a lower corporate tax bill and a tee time at Turnberry….’

  2. This story today makes me hurt a bit in realizing that the best man for the job of POTUS would have been Bernie Sanders. He had the most logic and the most experience, in my opinion, of all those who threw their hats in the ring. Today we are looking at his comments and appreciating his wisdom. If Hillary was a true American patriot, she would have humbly accepted the challenge of running against Sanders in a way that would have been more fair. Instead, she and her conniving team led by Debbie Wassermann Schultz, plotted under the table against Sanders and depleted his chance at being a fair Democratic candidate. Her greed oriented tactics helped to create a wonderful mess for America. I would love to have seen a Sanders / Trump series of debates.

  3. I did enjoy the whining of the Koch wing. How dare he demand anything of a giant corporation….Bernie has legislation to tie governments contracts to offshoring.The USW said it all well….I count 700 to 800 jobs….

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