Indianapolis mayor, Carrier Task Force announce plans to help hundreds of workers recently laid off

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Mayor Hogsett and local leaders with the Carrier Task Force outlined the implementation of programming designed to support workers and spur economic growth during a press conference on Wednesday.

Carrier originally planned to move all of their operations to Mexico, but President Donald Trump made a deal with the company, offering tax breaks and grants, convincing Carrier to keep some production and jobs in Indiana.

Last week 300 people were laid off and 300 more people are expected to be laid off, which is a big blow to the local economy and workforce.

Hogsett outlined two forms of assistance in his announcement.

The first is transition assistance. In an effort to support affected Carrier workers as they search for new employment, each worker can apply to receive $1,000 from the Mayor’s Carrier Fund. In order to claim the money, workers will first need to set up an account with IndyCareerHub.org.

Secondly, the city will offer special funds to companies who hire and retain displaced Carrier workers for at least one year. Companies wishing to partake in the program can apply with Develop Indy.

“When employees are displaced from steady employment, we have a responsibility to leave no stone unturned to provide resources that will ease the financial and emotional obstacles they will face,” said City-County Council President Maggie Lewis. “The money allocated for the Carrier fund will provide much-needed assistance that will help affected employees with their job search and engage our business community in an innovative manner that is bound to produce meaningful jobs.”

The money for these incentives comes from the $1.2 million Carrier and United Technologies received as a tax incentive package in 2011 that they agreed to pay back to the city.