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Carrier Reaches Deal With Trump to Keep Jobs in US


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Editor’s note: President-elect Donald Trump and the Carrier Manufacturing Corporation claim that more than 1,000 jobs will remain in Indiana thanks to a deal struck between the incoming administration and Carrier.But several news organizations, as well as the head of the union representing many Carrier workers, say the actual number of jobs saved is around 800.VOA attempted to verify how many jobs were preserved, however the public relations department at United Technologies Corp., Carrier’s parent company, is not accepting questions from the media.

Air conditioner maker Carrier said Tuesday it reached an agreement with President-elect Donald Trump to keep about 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the midwestern state of Indiana and not move them to Mexico.

The company said on Twitter it is "pleased to have reached a deal," and that details would come "soon."

Trump himself said he will go to Indiana to make a major announcement about Carrier.

"Great deal for workers!" he boasted.

FILE - The Carrier offices in Middletown, Conn.
FILE - The Carrier offices in Middletown, Conn.

A Trump transition team official said Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is also the governor of Indiana, will join Trump to talk more about the agreement with Carrier officials on Thursday.

One of Trump's frequent promises during his campaign for president was that he would prevent companies from moving jobs outside the country and bring back those that have already left by imposing stiff tariffs on products the companies wanted to sell in the U.S.

It is unclear whether Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, will go through with plans to move jobs from a separate plant to Mexico.

Mexico relocation

United Technologies, citing a need for more cost effective operations, announced in February its intention to relocate operations from the two Indianapolis plants to Monterrey, Mexico, sometime around 2019.

Someone captured video of a Carrier official informing employees of the moving plan, and the footage went viral after being posted to YouTube.

Trump seized on Carrier as part of his campaign speech during his run for president.

“When Carrier, that left here, goes to Mexico,” Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Indianapolis, “and they want to sell their product, across the border, and no tax, no nothing, we’re going to say, sorry folks!”

Local union leaders expressed appreciation for Trump highlighting their cause.

"We really appreciate him doing that. It’s really getting the message out," Chuck Jones, President of United Steelworkers Local 1999 in Indianapolis, the union representing Carrier workers, told VOA in April.

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