Sanders: Carrier Just Showed Corporations How to Beat
We need a president who can stand up to big
corporations, not fold to their demands.
By Bernie Sanders
December 01, 2016
- Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their
families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our
nationís workers should be very nervous.
President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly
announce a deal with United Technologies, the
corporation that owns Carrier, that keeps less than
1,000 of the 2100 jobs in America that were previously
scheduled to be transferred to Mexico. Letís be clear:
It is not good enough to save some of these
jobs. Trump made a promise that he would
save all of these jobs, and we cannot rest until an
ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these
workers are able to continue working in Indiana without
having their pay or benefits slashed.
In exchange for allowing United Technologies to
continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump
will reportedly give the company
tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has
sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was
pledging to force United Technologies to ďpay
a damn tax.Ē He was insisting on very steep tariffs
for companies like Carrier that left the United States
and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in
the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company
will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow!
Howís that for standing up to corporate greed? Howís
that for punishing corporations that shut down in the
United States and move abroad?
In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage
and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear
through all workers across the country.