Carrier factory union chief standing ground against Trump

Posted December 09, 2016

The war of words is escalating between Donald Trump and a union official who suggested that Trump wasn't being truthful about the number of jobs being saved at an IN factory. Under the terms of Trump's and Pence's deal, Carrier parent company United Technologies will pocket $7 million in tax credits, in exchange for saving 730 production jobs and 70 salaried positions in Indianapolis.

Jones had said following Trump's announcement last week that the number of jobs saved is closer to 800.

Bernie Sanders congratulated local union President Chuck Jones - who represents workers for air-conditioner manufacturing company Carrier - for becoming "the most famous labor leader in America" during a phone conversation recorded by CBS News on Thursday.

"He overreacted, President-elect Trump did", United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones told CNN. Then in another tweet: "If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana".

Jones told the Washington Post that he doesn't use Twitter and doesn't even have a smartphone, so it took a while before he became aware of Trump's smear.

"Well first of all, that wasn't very damn nice, but with Donald Trump saying that, that must mean I am doing a good job", he told CNN in a follow-up interview, calling Trump's attacks "pretty low down and low life".

Mr. Jones says every time he talks to the press about the deal, he thanks Mr. Trump for helping save 800 jobs.

Soon after Trump's tweets went out Wednesday night, the union leader started getting harassing phone calls, Jones said.

"We're not asking for a handout, by any means", Jones says.

"I think frankly there might be a little bit of jealousy going on at the pace which this is happening from the Trump administration, not just number of people but highly qualified people filling these roles and making sure, they are already to get the transition done", Spicer said.

The union official, who voted for Hillary Clinton, quickly found himself on the receiving end of a Twitter attack from the president-elect. And though workers were not brought to the table during the deal announced last week, Chuck and so many others in the labor movement have gone to great lengths to keep these jobs - all of them - in IN because they work for workers every single day. "I join others in gladly saying that #ImWithChuck and what he does to keep people working in IN".

"I'm with him on that", said Gerard. "We're in the fight, and we're going to keep on fighting all the way [for] all these jobs leaving this country, and it's gotta stop". The troubling phone calls featured one person asking Chuck what kind of vehicle Jones drives, whereas another person threatened Chuck with the words that claimed, "We're coming for you".

Though he wished Trump hadn't gotten mad at Jones, Feltner said Jones was still right about the numbers.