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Indiana to lose at least 1400 Carrier jobs to Monterrey Mexico

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INDIANAPOLIS – The president of Carrier HVAC systems announced to Indianapolis employees Wednesday that at least 1400 jobs are moving to Monterrey Mexico beginning in 2017.

Local news coverage focused on the reaction, and seemed to miss Carrier President Chris Nelson's key statement: "This announcement is subject to discussions with local union representatives. We will sit down with local union representative in coming days…" 

Apparently, Carrier is looking for concession offers from the United Steelworkers. 

"This was not expected at all," Chris Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999 told the Indianapolis Business Journal. The local represents 1,300 workers at the Indianapolis plant.

"At no time did we think this was a possibility. The plant had  been there a long time. It was very profitable, and we had not had a lot of issues."

An employee caught the announcement and the employees' reaction on cell phone, and posted it to Facebook.

Chris Nelson, president of HVAC Systems and Services North America, released an official statement about the move.

"This move is intended to address the challenges we continue to face in a rapidly changing HVAC industry, with the continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico, including our suppliers and competitors, and ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by new regulatory requirements. Relocating our operations to a region where we have existing infrastructure and a strong supplier base will allow us to operate more cost effectively so that we can continue to produce high-quality HVAC products that are competitively positioned while continuing to meet customer needs."

"This decision is difficult and we recognize the impact on employees, their families and the community," Nelson said regarding the status of the employees. "We are committed to ensuring that our employees are treated respectfully and to working closely with their representatives throughout this transition."

Carrier and its associated companies have a reported annual revenue of $65 billion. 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. It looks like the United Steelworkers Union leadership is just one more union that is finally waking up to the fact that they better worry less about their own leadership’s high-paid salary jobs and worry more about the welfare and job security of it’s own rank & file membership.
    To survive in a very competitive business climate, corporations today have to do what is best for the survival of their own companies. The union leadership should have been immediately knocking on Carrier’s door and asking them what they had to do to keep these jobs in the U.S.

  2. Don’t blame or boycott Carrier, blame our rotten traitorous federal govt! Remember, it is congress and our presidents who made this happen by shoving NAFTA down our throats! Congress stabs the American worker in the back and the congressmen who voted for it are traitors to America for NOT putting the American worker first! Congress is putting Americans out of work, and that hurts America; its time to put Congress out of work!