President-elect Donald Trump claims to have saved nearly 1,000 jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana, but the CEO of Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, said he plans to invest in technology that will eventually hand some of those jobs over to machines in the near future.
Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers union Local 1999, which represents the Carrier workers, said United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes' push for automation is a looming threat hanging over workers' heads.
"Automation means less people," Jones told CNN on Dec. 8. "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."
In an interview with CNBC, Hayes said his company is putting big money into improving automation technologies.
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“We’re gonna make up $16 million investment in that factory in Indianapolis to automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive,” Hayes said on Dec. 5. “Now 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.”
Hayes added, “But what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”