Union President Chuck Jones: Trump's Insults 'Don't Faze Me'

Casey Mills
December 10, 2016

On Wednesday, Trump took aim at Chuck Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999.

We spoke with James Briggs of the Indianapolis Star to see how the city was reacting to the news.

Jones supported Bernie Sanders during the campaign but said in the end "I held my nose and voted for Hillary Clinton". He's had a big presence in the community particularly as people he represents have been getting laid off.

Sanders told Chuck Jones he will keep President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump teases agreement with Ford to keep jobs in US Michigan Supreme Court shuts down Stein's recount effort Secret CIA assesment: Russian Federation was attempting to assist Trump MORE accountable in keeping Carrier manufacturing jobs in the U.S. In a secondary tweet, Trump accused United Steelworkers 1999 as a whole.

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Trump visited Carrier's plant last week.

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Jones told the Washington Post that Trump had "lied his a- off".

During a round of TV appearances, Jones criticized Trump for not knowing how many "damn jobs" were being saved in a heavily promoted deal between Carrier and the state of Indiana, which is still being run by Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

At the December 1 meeting, where Trump was supposed to lay out the details, Jones hoped he would explain himself. During the call, the Vermont senator vowed to fight and hold the President-elect to his promises of stopping corporations from moving jobs out of the country. Instead of the astronomical figure proposed, Trump only managed to grant 800 people the ability to keep their jobs. "We made every attempt in the world to keep these jobs here and it didn't work", he said.

In front of a crowd of about 150 supervisors, production workers and reporters, Trump praised Carrier and its parent company, United Technologies. But he said he was angry when Trump praised Carrier for "keeping 1,100 people" in jobs that won't move to Mexico.

Jones called Trump's reaction "amusing" and said he wasn't backing off "one iota". However, the union leader added, 550 jobs are still going to Mexico from the Indianapolis plant in question, as well as another 700 from Huntington, Indiana. Calling Jones out for being the cause of jobs leaving the United States is asinine, especially when the Governor of the State of IN is the guy you picked for Vice President! "All he had to do was come back and say I was misled. or maybe I shouldn't have said what I said". The solution for job loss will require companies and governments to make it easier for workers to acquire new skills and done at a faster pace than in the past.

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