“I don’t see Carrier hiring anytime in the near future,” James said.
Hayes said in an interview this week that the company is meeting its commitments “to keep the 800 jobs in Indianapolis to keep the factory open.”
“The Indianapolis situation was difficult,” he said.
Hayes said the laid-off workers would be offered jobs at other factories across the country.
“We’re going to be hiring something like 5,000 people this year,” he said.
But union officials say they have heard nothing from the company about any job offers elsewhere within the company. All they have received is the official notice, as required by federal law, that the first round of cuts — 338 jobs — will take place on July 20, with an additional 290 employees terminated on Dec. 22, three days before Christmas.
Elaine Bedel, the president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., which signed the agreement with Carrier, calls it a “victory” for Indiana. She believes that without the deal, the company would have eliminated not only all the manufacturing jobs — including the 730 that were saved — but the engineering and technical jobs as well.
“Obviously, having those jobs here — high wages jobs — is helpful to our economy,” she said.
Bedel points out that the agreement allows the state to claw back some of the $7 million in subsidies if the company does not stay for 10 years. But union officials say there is little real incentive for Carrier to stay. United Technologies booked $57 billion in revenue last year.
“I don’t think they built that facility in Monterrey, Mexico, just to have four departments in there. It’s a little too large for that,” James said.