Final round of layoffs at Indianapolis Carrier factory 1 year after Trump deal


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Hundreds of people are now out of a job after Carrier made their final round of layoffs.

It was the official last day for 215 people who have know for months that the job cuts were coming.

"They delayed our layoffs," said Tasia Oliver. "We had plans for December, then they laid us off in January so we were, like, we had plans for December. December 22 was our last day."

The cuts leave about 1,100 workers at the Indianapolis plant, down from some 1,600 factory and office jobs when Carrier announced plans in early 2016 to move production to Mexico.

It's all part of the deal that then-President-elect Donald Trump made with Carrier's parent company, even coming to Indy to tout the plan. But Local Steelworkers 1999 President Chuck Jones wishes things would have gone differently.

"If (Trump) would have got up there and said, 'Folks, I wasn't successful saving the whole plant and all your jobs, but this is what we came up with' and been honest with the people, not let the people go home that evening, thinking they were going to have a job, then find out the next day that wasn't the case," Jones said.

Thursday, Carrier released a statement saying, in part, that its parent company, United Technologies, "announced in June 2017 that over the next three years it expects to hire nearly 25,000 people in the United States."

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)