Thursday will mark the fourth day of the White House's Made in America week, President Trump's six-month anniversary as president, and the first wave of hundreds of layoffs at Carrier Corp., The Indianapolis Star reports. In December, the then-president-elect promised to save 1,100 jobs at the air conditioner and furnace manufacturing plant that had been slated to go to Mexico in return for $7 million in state financial incentives. In reality, only 730 union jobs were preserved.
Carrier will dismiss 338 people Thursday, with an expected 630 to be cut by the end of the year. Another 700 people will be laid off by Carrier's parent company at a factory near Fort Wayne, Indiana. In a statement, Carrier said it "continues to honor its 2016 commitment to employ approximately 1,100 associates in Indianapolis. As announced in November, this includes headquarters and engineering jobs and more than 800 employees supporting our world-class gas furnace manufacturing center."
But on the ground, workers are disappointed. "The jobs are still leaving," the president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, Robert James, told CNBC. "Nothing has stopped."
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