President-elect Donald Trump is slamming a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico.
Trump tweeted Wednesday evening: “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!”
That local branch of USW represents workers at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant.
Jones told The Washington Post in a story published Tuesday that Trump lied about how many Carrier jobs were saved by the deal, which included $7 million in state tax incentives.
Jones said more than 1,100 jobs would remain in Indiana. The union president says the president-elect and vice president-elect could take cred for saving 800 jobs, Jones said. “Of the nearly 1,700 workers at the Indianapolis plant, however, 350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave, Jones said,” The Washington Post reports.
He accused Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence of staging “a dog and pony show” around the Carrier deal.