A cell phone video posted to YouTube on Feb. 11 shows 1,400 employees at Carrier Air Conditioner in Indianapolis learning their jobs are going to be shipped to Monterrey, Mexico in 2017 (video below).
"The best way to stay competitive and protect the business for long term is to move production from our facility in Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico,” a company representative tells workers, notes Mediate.com.
The employees respond to the news with boos and howls.
"Listen, I've got information that's important to share as a part of the transition," the representative continues as plant and union workers walk out of the room. "If we can go ahead, if you don't want to hear it, other people do, so let's quiet down, thank you very much."
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The speaker goes on to defend the move, noting that the decision will help "serve the extremely price-sensitive marketplace," as shouting continues to be heard in the background.
Carrier's representative adds that this is "strictly a business decision," which brings even more jeers from the crowd.
Some criticize the speaker's "tone-deaf" delivery.
"The manager's prepared remarks are fantastically tone-deaf, almost unbelievably so ... It's an odd sign of the times that the people who prepare this sort of speech believe that workers will be swayed by the logic that 'We will make more money by destroying your life and the lives of your families' and lead with that as their best defense for visiting tragedy upon thousands of people," Boing Boing noted.
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Carrier lists its core values on its website, including, "Successful businesses improve the human condition," and "We actively support the communities in which we do business."