NewsLocal News / July 19, 2018

Carrier Plant Rehires Over 120 Former Workers, For Unknown Time

Union President Robert James says he’s glad the opportunity came for some who are still unemployed. But he says the relief might not be permanent.Carrier Corp., United Steelworkers Local 19992018-07-19T00:00:00-04:00
Carrier Plant Rehires Over 120 Former Workers, For Unknown Time

Carrier made news in 2016 when then-President elect Donald Trump promised to stop jobs from leaving, which led to Carrier making a deal that saved some of them.

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The Carrier factory in Indianapolis, where about 630 workers were laid off after their jobs were outsourced to Mexico, is bringing over 120 of those workers back to the plant, according to the local worker's union.

United Steelworkers Local 1999 represents workers at Carrier. Its president Robert James says he’s not surprised the company is rehiring laid off workers, since this time of year brings especially demanding work.

James says he’s glad the opportunity came for some who are still unemployed. But he says the relief might not be permanent.

"None of us know, you know, as to how long this is going to last," James says. "We have to wait and see. Because we haven’t been informed of any date that they would be let go, or anything of that nature."

James says the workers were chosen based on level of seniority, and are getting paid the same salaries.

Carrier made news in 2016 when then-President elect Donald Trump promised to stop jobs from leaving, which led to Carrier making a deal that saved some of them.

Carrier did not respond to a request for comment.

 

 

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