Donald Trump won his campaign by advocating that he would bring and keep jobs in America.
Well, he hasn’t even officially become President yet and he’s already backtracking on his political promises.
The president-elect recently took credit for keeping 800 jobs at a Carrier factory in Indianapolis reports, but the truth is that even though 800 jobs were “saved”, 1300 jobs were lost and those people will be laid off and force taxpayers to pay for their unemployment benefits…….
Take the agreement itself. Trump crowed about saving 1,100 jobs, but the Wall Street Journal reported that includes “300 research and headquarters positions that weren’t slated to go to Mexico.” That means the number of jobs being saved is 800 out of a total of 2,100 jobs that were to be transferred. In other words, 1,300 workers will still get the boot from two Carrier facilities in Indiana.
So when Trump told the crowd at Carrier, “All of the workers [will] have a great, great Christmas,” he was erasing the many more workers whose jobs will be eliminated.
Larry Cohen, chair of the board of directors for Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution,” says the government will have to pay for “18 months of extended unemployment benefits and retraining” for the fired workers.
That’s just one downside. Other details leaking out make the deal look even shadier. Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, will receive $7 million in incentives from the state over a 10-year period, or nearly $9,000 per job saved. But that pales in comparison to the $65 million in labor costs Carrier would have saved by moving to Mexico.