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Carrier will layoff more than 600 employees despite Trump's promise to keep jobs in the US

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Months after President Trump struck a deal with Carrier in Indianapolis to save jobs from moving to Mexico, roughly 632 employees are expected to lose their jobs as a result of moving production overseas, USA Today reported. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development published a "Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act" ("WARN") notifying that Carrier "intends to relocate fan coil production." 

The layoffs will begin July 20. 

“This action follows a thorough evaluation of our manufacturing operations,” Steven Morris, a Carrier manager in Indianapolis, said in a Monday memo. He continued that it "is intended to address the challenges the business faces in a rapidly changing industry.”

The dismissals are expected to be permanent. 

According to the Washington Post, the jobs will be relocated to Monterrey, Mexico, where the minimum wage is less than $4 per day. 

News of the layoffs reverses course on one of Trump's campaign promises. Last spring, he declared to an Indianapolis crowd that he would prevent the air-conditioning manufacturer from moving jobs overseas.

“Here’s what’s going to happen,” Trump said. “They’re going to call me, and they are going to say, ‘Mr. President, Carrier has decided to stay in Indiana.’”

He continued, “One hundred percent,” Trump said. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent. 100 percent.”

Carrier will layoff more than 600 employees despite Trump's promise to keep jobs in the US

WATCH | Trump celebrated his job-saving efforts at the Carrier factory.

In November, he posted this.

And, more recently, Trump visited the factory in December confirming that he saved 1,100 jobs after negotiations. After the July layoffs, about 800 factory employees will remain. 


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