May 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Indianapolis, IN – Several hundred people, joined by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, marched to the Indiana Statehouse Apr. 29 to protest Carrier Corp.'s decision to move 1,400 jobs in its air-conditioning plant from here to Monterrey, Mexico, where it can pay workers $3 an hour instead of $14 to $26.
“We decided we're going to stand up and fight back,” said Wayne Dale, director of United Steelworkers Indiana District 3, which organized the protest. "We're going to do everything possible to make Carrier and United Technologies reverse their decision.” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in Indiana for the Democratic presidential primary, told the crowd that the greed of United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, was “almost unbelievable” and the plant closing was “the kind of corporate behavior that is destroying the middle class of this country.” “We the Mexican steelworkers are not your enemies,” Mexican union leader Jesus Velasquez said in Spanish, explaining that low wages meant “Mexican workers are being exploited and being denied the most basic functions of life for our families.” Read more