Trump Attacks Carrier Union Boss, Blames Workers For Outsourcing

Dec 8, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump attacked the United Steelworkers union president who represents workers at Carrier in Indianapolis on Twitter Wednesday night.

Chuck Jones heads up Steelworkers local 1999, which includes the Indianapolis Carrier and Rexnord factories. Both have come under fire from Trump for sending some jobs to Mexico.

But now, Trump is blaming workers and union dues for that decision. He tweeted, “If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana.”

That’s after Jones criticized Trump for overstating how many jobs Carrier had agreed to keep in Indianapolis. It’s 730, not more than 1,100. At least 1,200 workers will still be fired in Indianapolis and Huntington.

Jones’ friend, Indiana AFL-CIO president Brett Voorhies, feels the President-elect is showing union members and the public his true colors.

“What’s he doing to save the other jobs?” Voorhies says. “I mean, he’s lying about these jobs at Carrier, about the number of jobs there, and so what’s he going to do next?”

Voorhies says unions would work with Trump on reforms to stop outsourcing if he wanted to undertake them with members of Congress once in office.