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CNN: Trump administration, Carrier now negotiating

Posted at 7:00 AM, Nov 29, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Carrier and President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration have been doing more than just discussing the company's future in Indiana -- they've been negotiating, according to CNN.

A source with knowledge of the communication between the two organizations tells CNN they have moved into actual negotiation, but CNN's source stopped short of saying what was actually being negotiated.

There is mounting pressure on the new administration to announce something on Carrier jobs leaving Indianapolis, after Trump tweeted that he's working on getting Carrier to stay in Indiana.

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In a follow-up tweet, Carrier said it has had "discussions" with the incoming administration.

The 1,400 people at the Carrier plant are waiting on good news. Layoffs at Carrier begin next year and will continue through 2019.

"I think it's a long shot. I hope they aren't playing with people's emotions," Chuck Jones, the president of the local chapter of the United Steelworkers union, told CNN. 

All the jobs are set to go to Carrier's plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

Carrier isn't the only Indianapolis company to move its jobs to Mexico. Rexnord Bearing will be moving some of its employees to Monterrey. Rexnord makes ball bearings and roller bearings.

Trump made frequent references to Carrier while campaigning for president, saying Carrier would "pay a damn tax."

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He said that if he were president, Carrier wouldn't be leaving in the first place. He's said Carrier would pay a 35 percent tax on imports to the United States.

"I will call the head of Carrier and I will say, I hope you enjoy your new building," Trump said. "I hope you enjoy Mexico. Here's the story, folks: Every single air conditioning unit that you build and send across our border – you're going to pay a 35 percent tax on that unit."


Carrier announced in February that 1,400 jobs from their west-side manufacturing plant would be moving to Monterrey. A video of the announcement went viral, triggering outrage from as high up as Donald Trump. It also became the focus of multiple Call 6 Investigations, prompting special reports. You can find all of those stories here.

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