Bernie Sanders picks up Carrier union endorsement
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 19, 2016)– Senator Bernie Sanders picked up a key endorsement in Indiana Tuesday.
The United Steelworkers Local 1999 group, the same union whose members stand to lose more than 1,000 Indianapolis Carrier jobs to Mexico, threw its support behind the Vermont senator and presidential candidate.
“Bernie Sanders for decades has fought against the kinds of disastrous trade deals that are now allowing Carrier to ship over a thousand good-paying Indiana jobs to Mexico,” said Local 1999 president Chuck Jones. “Bernie Sanders is the only candidate running for president who will do something to stop this kind of corporate greed if he is elected – because he’s been fighting against it for years. We will be doing everything we can to help him win the primary here in Indiana on May 3.”
Carrier announced the relocation in February. About 1,400 jobs will begin transitioning to Monterrey, Mexico, in 2017, with completion estimated in 2019. The company manufactures heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems at its plant located on West Morris Street.
Carrier’s parent company United Technologies is also moving jobs from Huntington to Mexico, bringing the total to 2,100 lost jobs.
“The decision by United Technologies to ship 2,100 jobs from Indiana to Mexico is the latest example of how NAFTA and other trade policies have been a disaster for American workers,” said Sanders. “In my view, we have got to fundamentally rewrite our failed trade policies so that American jobs are no longer our number one export. I was proud to help lead the effort against NAFTA and Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. Unfortunately, Secretary Clinton supported these trade policies which have led to the loss of millions of jobs and thousands of factories.”