Employee whose job is moving to Mexico: ‘At what point in time do people wake up?’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- One of the almost 400 employees at Rexnord whose jobs will move from Indianapolis to Mexico says he hopes newly elected officials will do something to stop more families from being affected.

Until very recently, Brian Bousum had the life he wanted.

"I'm still in the shock phase," Bousum said.

That's because he's losing his job at the Rexnord plant on the west side. After the employees' union and the city tried to negotiate with the company, it decided Monday to close the plant by June and move its jobs to Mexico. Bousum's $24-an-hour job will be taken by someone making $2.50 to $3.00 an hour plus benefits, according to the union's president.

Bousum and his co-workers had even offered to take a pay cut to save their jobs.

"We’ve given up our pension, we’ve given up our great insurance, everything so they could make more money," Bousum said.

For that reason, he sat down to talk with us, hoping to put a face on layoffs like this happening across Indiana and the country. There's one other, too: his 25-year-old son Dalton, who also works at Rexnord.

"He’ll never make $24 an hour again, probably the rest of his life, it’s just not there," Bousum said.

He said that he wants everyone to care about that, since the more people there are like him, the less money they spend at other places, supporting other peoples' jobs, and so on.

"It’s not just me, it’s 350 other people there, and it’s 1,400 at Carrier, you know, at what point in time do people wake up? I hope they wake up before it’s too late," Bousum said.

He's joining other who are speaking up, including employees who rallied at the plant on Friday. They're hoping President-elect Donald Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and others will take notice and make good on their promises to bring jobs like these back.

"The vice president-elect from this state, hopefully he’s listening real well," Bousum said. "I want it to stop. I want our elected officials to make it stop."

The president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents Carrier and Rexnord employees, along with others in town, said a special meeting will be held for Rexnord employees on Sunday. The union is negotiating exit packages with the company and expects to be back at the table again in two weeks.

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