By Evan Henerson
The president-elect may not like it, but another U.S. manufacturer is slashing jobs and heading south of the border.
When Rexnord Corp. closes its Indianapolis ball bearings and valves plant early in 2017, approximately 300 workers will lose their jobs. The company will be relocating to Monterrey, Mexico, and the members of United Steelworkers, Local 1999 who earned $25 an hour - and up to $65,000 a year with overtime - will be replaced by Mexican laborers who will earn about $3 an hour, according to the Indianapolis Star-Tribune.
Somewhat ironically, the situation places Donald Trump and his erstwhile nemesis, Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, on the same side. Both men are on record as voicing (or in Trump’s case, tweeting) their outrage over the move. The two men clashed when Jones accused Trump of inflating the number of jobs that Trump said he had saved by keeping Carrier from moving hundreds of jobs to Mexico. Trump turned around and tweet-slimed Jones, calling him a terrible leader and inspiring the #imwithchuck show of solidarity.
Jones: “Once again, this is the same as the Carrier situation, where a company has been very profitable and produced a good quality product and because of corporate greed and unfair trade, these jobs are moving to Monterrey, Mexico, the same city that Carrier is moving to.”
Trump, via tweet: “Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers. This is happening all over our country. No more!”
Once he takes office, we’ll just have to see whether Trump makes good on his threats of tariff repercussions against companies that take jobs out of the country. Remember back in 2015 when an early campaigning Trump vowed not to eat another Oreo once Mondelez International Inc. took some of its production to Mexico? That move cost over 400 Chicago workers their jobs. In its round-up of companies that are Mexico-bound for bottom line reasons, The L.A. Times also calls out Illinois-Based Brake Parts, Inc. which will lay off 280 employees when it shuts down production of its factory in the Central Valley community of Chowchilla.
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