Monday, April 24, 2017

‘I feel used up’: Carrier workers aren’t happy about losing jobs after Trump’s ‘deal’

President Donald Trump made a “deal” to save the jobs at the Carrier plant in Indiana but workers lost their jobs to Mexico anyway.

Fifty-six-year-old Jim Shalle doesn’t want to complain but things aren’t going well, The New York Times reported.

“I’m a routine guy, and I’m not boohooing,” he said. “But I feel used up.”

Unfortunately, Jim isn’t alone. His colleague Pat is still working for Carrier but with production ending just after Christmas, she knows her days are numbered. She’s been with the company for 40 years after graduating from high school, as did her daughter, who is now 33 years old.

“I loved my job,” she said. “It’s all I’ve ever known.”

While then-Gov. Mike Pence bribed Carrier with a hefty tax break deal, instead of 1400 jobs heading to Mexico — that number is more like 800. Both Jim and Pat thought they’d be OK, but the plant in Huntington wasn’t part of the deal. The so-called “buy American” mandate and federal infrastructure projects Trump has promised also wouldn’t do anything to help.

Huntington remains strong in manufacturing, however, with 21 percent of the city working in the industry. To put that in context, 90 percent of the counties in the United States don’t even reach that.

Yet, most of the workers don’t blame Trump for being unable to save their jobs, despite taking credit for doing so.  Read full post 

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