Community prays to save Carrier, Rexnord jobs

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Manufacturing employees, activist and other community members gathered Sunday evening for prayer vigil to continue the conversation about Indiana jobs leaving for Mexico.

“We’re not willing to give up at all at Carrier or Rexnord," United Steelworkers 1999 President Chuck Jones said. "We’re still going to do everything we possibly can to keep these jobs here and you knows there’s been things that have occurred that nobody thought they would happen so you know even though the chances are very slim, we’re still going to fight to keep these jobs here.”

The group of about 100 people at Mount Olive Ministries prayed, sang and even wrote handwritten letters to the corporate leaders of Carrier and Rexnord.

"The more we fight together the harder it is for them to ignore it," Carrier employee Frank Staples said. "Everybody preaches the American dream and you know, we are trying to live the American dream and we are busting our butts for these corporate, greedy people and they are taking the money and running.”

The group rallied around a message of unity and hope. Organizers said after the news of President Elect Donald Trump striking a deal to keep some of the Carrier jobs in Indiana, they believe more can be done.

“Well I think there is no doubt we are praying and fighting for a Christmas miracle," Organizer Mike Oles III said. "And what I’ve discovered is that miracles do happen. Miracles happen when people come together and work for them and expect the unexpected."

Organizers added they plan to continue to keep the pressure on Trump to keep Hoosier jobs in Indiana.

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