More than 200 employees are being laid off by Carrier Corp., the HVAC manufacturer Trump bragged he saved.
Carrier announced they will lay off 215 employees at their Indianapolis factory less than four months after it laid off 340 workers at the plant, Fox News reports.
Employees told The Indianapolis Star they don’t feel like they have any job security as hundreds of their coworkers get the axe.
“They just don’t have any faith in this plant staying in Indianapolis,” Robert James, the president of a union that represents the Carrier workers, told the paper.
Despite the deal, James said he ultimately expects Carrier to shut down the plant entirely.
Trump had been talking about Carrier for months on the campaign trail.
“Here’s what’s going to happen,” Trump said at a rally in Indianapolis last spring. “They’re going to call me, and they are going to say, ‘Mr. President, Carrier has decided to stay in Indiana.’”
“One hundred percent,” Trump said. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent. 100 percent.”
Trump bragged shortly after his election that he got his vice president, then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, to strike a deal with the company giving them $7 million in tax cuts to save about 1,070 jobs, including 730 manufacturing jobs. The company had planned to move their plants to Mexico.
“So many people in that other—the big, beautiful plant behind us, which will be even more beautiful in about seven months from now, they’re so happy,” Trump bragged at a press conference after the deal was announced.
“And by the way, that number is going to go up substantially as they expand this area, this plant,” Trump added. “The 1,100 is going to be a minimum number.”
The layoffs began shortly after that.
“Trump came in there to the factory last December and blew smoke up our asses,” longtime Carrier employee Brenda Darlene Battle told The New Yorker. “He wasn’t gonna save those jobs.”
“We had a mix of Trump supporters and Clinton supporters at the factory, I’d say,” she explained. “The ones that really supported him are quiet right now. Some of them got let go yesterday, too.”
“I think the C.E.O. of Carrier and Trump was in bed together the whole time,” she added. “That day Trump came to Carrier, those two were too chummy. The way they sniggled and giggled. That sneaky kind of sh*t-eating grin.”
Michael Strain, the economic policy director at the conservative American Enterprise Union, explained to the Washington Post that the deal was never more than a way for Trump to score cheap points without affecting much of anything.
“I wouldn’t even call it a deal,” Strain said. “It seemed to be that Carrier was responding to political pressure and did so in a way that allowed them to make it through a political moment.”
“The president,” he added, “took the opportunity to position himself as a champion of American workers.”