Hogsett gives update on Carrier Task Force in wake of Rexnord relocation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will meet with the Carrier Task Force Wednesday as the city deals with news that more jobs will go to Mexico.

Hogsett used a mayoral executive order to create the group, which is designed to aid employees who will lose their jobs when Carrier moves operations from its Indianapolis plant to Mexico. The task force has been meeting regularly to secure local, state and federal resources for employees.

Last week, Hogsett learned that hundreds of Rexnord workers would lose their jobs as well, likely by next April. The story is a familiar one: the company can pay workers in Mexico a much lower wage. U.S. workers make an average of $24 an hour at the west side Rexnord Indianapolis plant; the company would pay workers in Mexico $3 an hour.

Hogsett said he learned about Rexnord’s plans on Twitter.

Carrier has become a national talking point in the race for the White House, with Donald Trump mentioning the company numerous times throughout his campaign. Hillary Clinton has also mentioned the company in campaign speeches.

Carrier created a stir in February when it announced that 1,400 workers would lose their jobs as the company outlined plans to move operations south of the border.