Sanders has some ideas for Trump in art of a deal with Carrier jobs to Mexico
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders turned up the pressure on President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday about his pledge to try to stop an Indiana air conditioner manufacturer from moving 1,400 jobs to Mexico.The executives of this company probably already realize the ground has shifted under their original proposal to move the jobs to Mexico. Sanders is pointing out some of the leverage the Trump administration has in persuading them that it is in their interest to keep the jobs here.
Both Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and Trump seized on an announcement earlier this year by United Technologies Corp's Carrier division that it would shift production to Mexico as an example of how trade deals hurt U.S. workers.
Sanders on Saturday warned "it is not good enough to save some of these jobs" and said Trump should use as leverage United Technologies' defense contracts, Export-Import Bank financing, and tax breaks.
"I call on Mr. Trump to make it clear to the CEO of United Technologies that if his firm wants to receive another defense contract from the taxpayers of this country, it must not move these plants to Mexico," the senator from Vermont said in a statement.
A representative for Carrier declined to comment on Sanders' statement.