Chuck Jones deserved better, especially from the president-elect who tweeted:
“Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!”
Roughly 75 minutes later, the soon-to-be head of state posted another tweet:
“If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues.”
For 30 years, Jones has represented workers in Indianapolis, including employees at plants owned by air conditioner manufacturer Carrier and Rexnord, a maker of values and ball bearings for heavy equipment.
On Dec. 15, Jones and other workers received notice that Rexnord would close the plant and move the roughly 300 jobs to Mexico despite a “no more” tweet from Trump. This notice from Rexnord followed similar news about layoffs from Carrier.
2016 was a tough year for Jones. He spent the year in negotiations with manufacturers who in one instance expect to save $65 million by sending jobs in the U.S. to Mexico. In a Dec. 8 article about Carrier, Jones explained that “We couldn’t match that unless we were willing to cut wages to $5/hour and cut all benefits.”