INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter Wednesday night to call out the president of United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier and Rexnord employees.
Trump tweeted “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!”
He continued, “If United Steelworkers 1999 was any good, they would have kept those jobs in Indiana. Spend more time working-less time talking. Reduce dues.”
United Steelworkers fired back on Twitter to defend Jones, saying “Chuck is a hero not a scapegoat: you, others know about Carrier because of his, members’ tireless work since day 1 to save ALL jobs there.”
Trump’s remarks come after Jones told The Washington Post that Trump “lied his a** off” about the number of jobs that his recent deal saved. During Trump’s trip to Indianapolis Thursday, he said the deal with Carrier will keep 1,100 jobs from moving to Mexico.
Jones told The Post that 350 of the nearly 1,700 workers at the Indianapolis plant are in research and development and were never scheduled to leave. Another 80 jobs, which Trump seemed to include in his figure, were reportedly nonunion clerical and supervisory positions.
Jones appeared on CNN Thursday morning to discuss the feud with Trump.
“I’m glad that jobs were saved, once again but, the taxpayers are paying their tax dollar to a very profitable company to retain 730 jobs,” he said.
“I’ve been doing this job for 30 years, and I’ve had a lot more serious threats than people are making right now. I’ve got maybe a little thicker skin maybe than I did many years ago. Everybody’s got a right to their opinion, and sometimes we disagree on some different things,” he said.
“But I’m not overly upset about an of it. He overreacted, President-elect Trump did, and I would expect if he were to tweet something, he should’ve come out and try to justify his numbers, and try to justify when I called him out on…that he did not…when he said he did not make any recognition of Carrier keeping jobs in this country even though it said it numerous times during his campaign.”
Friday, the President-elect called out Rexnord for sending Indianapolis jobs to Mexico.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016