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Union leader not optimistic Trump can save Carrier jobs

November 25, 2016

A union leader says he's not very optimistic President-elect Donald Trump will succeed in keeping the makers of Carrier air conditioners from moving 1,400 jobs from Indianapolis to Mexico.

Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he's "making progress" in talks with Carrier to get the company to remain in the U.S.

Carrier Corp. confirmed it's discussed the move with the incoming administration, but had no additional comment Friday.

United Steelworkers Local 1999 president Chuck Jones says that during the union's last meeting three months ago with the company, Carrier representatives indicated they planned to proceed with the move to Mexico between mid-2017 and early 2019.

Jones said Friday that he doesn't want the plant's workers to get their hopes up, but said "some hope is better than none at all."

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