Keeping jobs in America was the cornerstone of the Trump campaign. When Carrier announced it would not be shipping 1,000 jobs to Mexico, it made it easy to forget the fact he’s backtracked on nearly all of his promises. But it turns out that was all just an elaborate ruse.
The New York Times and critics shined some light on that other side. In the pact that guaranteed some jobs would be saved, Carrier received $7 million in tax cuts, incentives, and credits from the state of Indiana. Sen. Bernie Sanders pointed out the dangers behind offering such a deal to major companies in an op-ed in The Washington Post writing:
‘Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives. Even corporations that weren’t thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be reevaluating their stance this morning. And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America? The working class of America.’
The truth is not everyone’s job will be saved. In fact, for $7 million one of the manufacturing lines will still be relocated. In a letter sent by Carrier to their employees after their talks with President-elect Trump, they revealed this news.
‘We are pleased to inform you that we will continue to manufacture gas furnaces in Indianapolis, in addition to retaining engineering and headquarters staff, preserving more than 1,000 jobs. The Indianapolis manufacturing facility will be designated as a Center of Excellence for gas furnace production, with a commitment to making significant investments to continue to main a world class furnace factory.’