Six hundred employees at an Indiana plant that President Trump claimed to save at the end of 2016 are expecting to be laid off soon, according to a new report.
CNBC reports Carrier's plant in Indianapolis is scheduled to lay off about 600 workers by the end of the year. That plant was the centerpiece of a deal touted by Trump in December 2016.
Before taking office Trump unveiled a deal with Carrier, a division of United Technologies Corp., which guaranteed that Carrier would continue to employ 1,069 workers for 10 years in exchange for $7 million in incentives. The deal was treated as a victory and made up part of Trump's plan to keep manufacturing jobs in America instead of moving south of the border to Mexico.
However, union officials said they've received notice that 338 layoffs will take place on July 20 and 290 more employees will be laid off on Dec. 22, just before Christmas. United Technologies' CEO Greg Hayes said that the workers who will be laid off would be offered jobs in other parts of the country, but union officials told CNBC they hadn't heard about new job offers.
"To me this was just political, to make it a victory within Trump's campaign, in his eyes that he did something great," a Carrier employee told CNBC. "I'm very grateful that I get to keep my job, and many others, but I'm still disappointed that we're losing a lot."
Of the 1,069 jobs Trump claimed the deal would save, 730 were manufacturing jobs and the rest were engineers and other technical jobs that weren't scheduled to be cut. The deal requires Carrier to employ at least 1,069 people in Indianapolis in order to receive the state incentive funding, but workers don't believe the company cares that much about the deal given the fact that it makes about $52 billion annually.
"I don't think they built that facility in Monterrey, Mexico, just to have four departments in there. It's a little too large for that," said Robert James, president of the local union at the plant.