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Bernie Sanders: 'We need a president who can stand up to big corporations'

Posted at 2:11 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 16:25:51-05

Bernie Sanders said in an op-ed published by The Washington Post  Thursday, “the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous." Sanders piece is in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s efforts to save more than 700 Carrier jobs in Indianapolis.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are scheduled to announce negotiations made in order to keep Carrier jobs in Indianapolis Thursday. The company announced they would move more than 1,000 jobs to Mexico in early 2016.

Although some of the jobs were saved, Sanders said it is not enough to save “some” of the jobs.

"Trump made a promise that he would save all of these jobs, and we cannot rest until an ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these workers are able to continue working in Indiana without having their pay or benefits slashed," wrote Sanders.

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In Sanders’ piece he states:

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow!

Sanders also said Trump has “endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States.”

Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives. Even corporations that weren’t thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be reevaluating their stance this morning. And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America? The working class of America. 

Let’s be clear. United Technologies is not going broke.”

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You can read more of Sanders’ op-ed here.