Early Reactions to Carrier Deal to Keep Jobs in U.S.

News and social media outlets are buzzing Wednesday with the news that Donald Trump has reached a deal with Carrier Corp. to keep about 850 jobs in the U.S.

For most of the 1,400 workers faced with losing their jobs once the company, which manufactures gas furnaces in Indianapolis, moved its operations to Mexico in 2017, the news feels like a huge victory.

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

I will be going to Indiana on Thursday to make a major announcement concerning Carrier A.C. staying in Indianapolis. Great deal for workers!

We have been following this story for months now and even went out to Indianapolis to speak with workers who were blindsided with the news that the job they planned to retire from was closing up shop for cheaper labor outside the U.S.

Following this latest development, we reached out to TJ Bray, one of the previous workers we spoke with in Indianapolis, to find out what he thought about the deal and what he’s going to do next.

Carrier Is Staying – TJ Still Needs A Plan

This week President-Elect Donald Trump announced a deal with Carrier in Indianapolis to keep 1,000 of the jobs that were previously moving to Mexico here in the US. WorkingNation spoke with Carrier employee TJ Bray about the announcement and his future work plans.

We also looked at more reactions to the deal from employees and the union.

FOX & friends on Twitter

@Carrier employee Robin Maynard’s message to Trump and Pence: ‘Thank you for sticking to your word and going to bat for all of us.’ https://t.co/TBxLDGlZmU

Matt Stoller on Twitter

Union President at Carrier given no information about deal: “We’re trying to figure out what the hell is going on.” https://t.co/5ZoXuif3FJ

As we await the details of the deal, which are expected to be revealed Thursday, we can’t help but watch the conversation going on on the internet and everyone’s reaction to it. Some facts to consider:

  • Carrier’s parent United Technologies reaps $5.6 billion in revenue making Pratt & Whitney jet engines for the Pentagon.
  • While Carrier is symbolic of the diminishing manufacturing workforce in the Rust Belt, the top 10 employers in Indianapolis all are in the medical/healthcare field and employ nearly 83,000 workers.

Some see this as a battle victory in the war against outsourcing:

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CC on Twitter

TRUMP WAS RIGHT AGAIN!Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S. I’ll never get tired of winning #MAGA https://t.co/HBqgNRKjBe

Fox News Opinion on Twitter

Carrier deal is proof that Trump is already making America great again | via @lizpeek https://t.co/np9xdAQdPy

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While others see it through a different lens, one that is looking at the bigger picture:

Paul Krugman on Twitter

If Trump did a Carrier-style deal every week for the next 4 years, he could bring back 4% of the manufacturing jobs lost since 2000.

Paul Krugman on Twitter

Another metric: Trump would have to do one Carrier-sized deal a week for 30 years to save as many jobs as Obama’s auto bailout

WIRED on Twitter

Trump’s deal to keep Carrier jobs in Indiana won’t be easily replicable in states where his VP doesn’t still govern: https://t.co/HM1ntNqdGo

ken price on Twitter

The Trump Effect? After Carrier pledge to keep jobs in US, more companies may follow | https://t.co/nzsxxeqCRR

Splinter on Twitter

Trump’s Carrier deal is the opposite of him ‘taking on big business’ https://t.co/KGGNPkQYMc

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Mother Jones on Twitter

Here’s what you really need to know about Trump’s Carrier deal https://t.co/jMKGztrOme

What we don’t want to do at WorkingNation is jump to any conclusions before we hear the details, and we do have a number of questions that we plan to address in the coming days as we learn more including:

  • Is this news a relief for workers or a wake-up call?
  • What does the landscape look like for the 1,000 employees who will remain?
  • How does this affect other companies around the area and the country, both in manufacturing and in other industries?

In the meantime, we plan to watch this development very closely and continue our mission of addressing issues like this in a way that provides the most benefit to the worker and the workforce for the long-term. More in the days to come.

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