Trump Delivers on a Major Campaign Jobs Promise

Saves almost 1K jobs at an Indianapolis air-conditioning plant
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2016 1:30 AM CST
Trump Reaches Deal to Save 1K Jobs in Indiana
Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

With almost two months to go until Inauguration Day, Donald Trump has managed to fulfill a major campaign promise. In what appears to be a huge victory for the president-elect, Carrier Corp announced Tuesday that Trump had saved almost 1,000 jobs at an Indianapolis air-conditioning plant, NBC News reports. "We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy," the company tweeted. Trump—who says he spent Thanksgiving working on a deal—targeted Carrier on the campaign trail after it announced that it was shifting production to Mexico and laying off 1,400 US workers. Trump gave supporters a "100% guarantee" that he would save the factory.

No details were released on the deal that persuaded Carrier to stay in Indiana, though sources tell the Indianapolis Star that state incentives were part of the package, and insiders tell NBC that Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, did not want to jeopardize its government contracts. United Steelworkers Local 1999 president Chuck Jones says he hasn't been briefed on the deal, but he is cautiously optimistic. The Star notes Carrier had already reached a severance agreement with workers. Experts and union officials had considered a deal impossible, with Jones saying he would be "shocked if anything was done" after Trump's Thanksgiving announcement. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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