President-elect Donald Trump has made good on his first campaign promise -- at least a small part of it. Trump negotiated a deal with United Technologies to keep the Carrier air conditioner plant in Indiana, potentially saving 1,000 jobs.
“Big day on Thursday for Indiana and the great workers of that wonderful state,” Trump announced on Twitter on Nov. 29 following the deal, notes The New York Times. “We will keep our companies and jobs in the U.S. Thanks Carrier.”
“We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon,” Carrier posted to its Twitter the same day.
But not everyone is impressed by the deal.
Paul Krugman, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and columnist for The New York Times, tweeted, “If Trump did a Carrier-style deal every week for the next 4 years, he could bring back 4% of the manufacturing jobs lost since 2000.”
“Memories are short but the economic fundamentals remain the same,” said Robert Reich, who was labor secretary under President Bill Clinton. “Wall Street is breathing down companies’ necks to cut costs, and the labor savings in Mexico is too great.”
"I don't know how good the news is because I don't know what's attached to the proposed thousand jobs staying here," cautioned Chuck Jones, union president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, reports IndyStar. "They haven't chosen to include us. I wouldn't know what to speculate."
But Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, welcomed the news of Carrier’s decision.
"We need to change our laws to encourage companies to grow here at home," said continued. "I hope President-elect Trump will work with me toward this goal, so that companies will invest in the foundation of our economy: our workers and our communities.”