Dec 5, 2016
Donald Trump declared victory in convincing Carrier to keep about 800 out of the 2,000 jobs at a plant in Indiana that had been slated to move to Mexico. Trump claimed that he had played tough with the company: “Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our workers also.” Surprise, surprise: that is a big fat lie.
In fact, Trump just stole a page from Obama’s book. He “saved” these Carrier jobs the same way that Obama “saved” the U.S. auto industry: by handing corporations taxpayer cash, and forcing the workers to take concessions.
The deal gives Carrier about 7 million dollars in state subsidies, on top of the tens of millions they already get. According to its own press release, this is what led the company to keep the jobs here. That is workers’ tax money, that’s supposed to go to schools, roads, and services, not giant, profitable corporations!
And who knows what those 800 jobs will be like? Brenda Battle, a 24-year worker with Carrier, explained that: “As of yet we don’t know what kind of concessions we’re going to have to put up with to keep our jobs. I smell a rat.”
That’s Trump: a rat, who’s only looking out for corporate interests at workers’ expense!