Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016
Right next to Carrier, another Indiana plant, Rexnord of Indiana, moves to Mexico and Trump is silent.
On Dec 1, 2016, in Indiana, referring to Carrier, Donald Trump declared that “Companies are not going to leave the United States without consequences.”
Then, on Dec 2, 2016, Donald Trump tweeted this: “Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers. This is happening all over our country. No more!”
Since Mike Pence negotiated the deal with Carrier, nothing has been heard from Donald Trump about Rexnord moving to Mexico. Not only are they firing 300 workers, but they are holding back their severance packages until they train their replacements.
Chuck Jones, president of the union local, went on CNN to explain how this deal seems finalized and will begin this February.
Rexnord said Friday it will close its Indianapolis plant, which makes metal bearings, in June. The workers will be given a week’s pay for every year at the company, plus $2,000 and six months of health coverage. The layoffs will begin in February.
The workers were making about $25 an hour, said Chuck Jones.
“They’re leaving people high and dry in these places in order to exploit Mexican workers at $3 an hour,” Jones told CNNMoney on Friday. “These people in Monterrey aren’t raising their standard of living out of it.”
The Intercept interviewed a 12-year machinist at Rexnord who is losing his job in February. Tim Mathis explained that on top of losing his livelihood, Rexnord has figured out an even more humiliating way to outsource their jobs – using their severance package to force these workers to make themselves redundant.
“For our jobs to be offshored is one thing. But for the company to hold our severance package over us provided that we train our replacement workers is unbelievable,” Mathis said. “That’s a sad day in America and it appears that our politicians just continue to sit back and allow this stuff to happen.”
December 13, 2016 – Trump has vowed to end the practice of laid-off American workers being made to train foreigners brought over to replace them, a move which could impact Indian technology workers and outsourcing companies. Trump called these incidents “demeaning” and said: “We are not going to let it happen to our people anymore.”
Trump made the pledge Dec. 9, 2016 during rallies in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he returned to his campaign themes on immigration in rousing speeches.
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