Carrier says it will spend millions automating Indiana plant, plans to lay off workers Trump ‘saved’

As part of the deal President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck with Carrier, the company has promised to make a $16 million investment in its Indianapolis facility — an investment management plans to use on developing technology that will allow them to replace human workers with robots.

The company’s plans were confirmed by Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’s corporate parent, during a CNBC interview earlier this week.

We’re going to… automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive,” Hayes said. “Is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we’ll make the capital investments there. But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”

It’s unclear when Carrier’s technological investments will allow it to lay off some of the 800 workers whose jobs were spared in the short-term. United Steelworkers 1999 didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about what they know regarding when job cuts are happening and who will be affected. As Jones detailed in the Post op-ed, the union was completely cut out of negotiations between Trump and Carrier.

While the timing remains unclear, Jones said on Thursday that he expects cuts beyond the 550 layoffs that will happen in spite of Trump’s deal.
Automation means less people,” he said during a CNN interview. “I think we’ll have a reduction of workforce at some point in time once they get all the automation in and up and running.”

 

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Dru Tyler has been a contributing writer for the Pluto Daily since March of 2013. He is also the owner and founder of the rap news site, www.DailyRapNews.com