Carrier, the Farmington, CT-based factory Trump ‘saved’ nine months ago, announced a first round of layoffs, with 338 employees expected to lose their jobs. The plant was at the center of a national discussion last November when Trump cut a deal that prevented it from moving hundreds of jobs to Mexico.
On Thursday, the 338 workers will be let go under a plan that was announced months ago. The company made the layoffs public Wednesday, and announced that it still plans to give Mexicans some of the jobs since they make in a day what American workers make in an hour.
Carrier plans a second round of layoffs for December 22, when 290 more workers will lose their jobs three days before Christmas. A representative for the manufacturing plant said the company remains committed to hiring around 1,100 people in Indianapolis.
Nearly 30 employees will undergo retraining programs under the new restructuring plans. All other employees will be given a one-time payment and the possibility to apply for any other positions within the company.
Trump decided to help the company during the campaign after a video taken by a worker showed an executive announcing the relocation. Trump supporters who wanted their jobs to stay in the country were shocked.
Carrier to Remain in Indiana
In April 2016, Trump promised that the company would not be leaving Indiana, if he were president. The factory was then often cited during the campaign, and several days after winning the election, Trump announced that he and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence were able to convince Carrier to keep the 1,100 in the Hoosier State.
Trump fans were excited about the deal, because they hoped Trump to intervene in the lives of other workers and put American worker interests first. Other companies announced new investments in the U.S. and the jobs they created. Meanwhile, the president took credit for part of the jobs generated.
As part of the deal, Carrier got $7 million in tax cuts from the state of Indiana. In return, the firm pledged to pour $16 million in new investment projects and leave the 1,100 jobs in the state. However, the $16 million will boost automation at the plant which will result in even more lost jobs.
Image Source: Wikimedia