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Trump 'working hard' to stop Carrier from moving jobs to Mexico

Trump 'working hard' to stop Carrier from moving jobs to Mexico

President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he's in talks with Carrier, an in air conditioning company, to try to stop the firm from moving to Mexico.

Trump announced his administration's talks with Carrier on Twitter, writing that he was "working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S".

Carrier, a subsidiary of UTC, tweeted in response: "Carrier has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together".

In April, at a campaign event not far from the Indianapolis plant, Mr. Trump pledged to impose a 35% tariff on goods made by Carrier in Mexico.

Edward Alden, of the nonpartisan New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, said by publicly pushing Carrier to stay in Indianapolis, others thinking of moving to foreign countries could decide it's not worth the ire and public criticism of the president to do the same.

Trump made Carrier's decision part of his rallying cry against trade deals that he said were unfavorable to American workers. "Trump said what he said when he was campaigning". Both companies are owned by United Technologies Corp., which is a government contractor. Acknowledging that the shift would have "impacts on real people in their lives", Hayes said the company gave employees three years' advance notice of the move and is providing training and education.

In February, Carrier announced it was moving production from a west-side plant to Monterrey, Mexico, taking 1,400 jobs with it.

"I hope I'm wrong", Jones said. An official at the union representing workers at the Indianapolis plant didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Emotions are raw and tensions just don't heal overnight", the incoming president said in a video message released on the eve of the national holiday. He continued, "It's my prayer that on this Thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country strengthened by shared objective and very, very common resolve".

Trump has focused most of his attention in the two weeks since his victory on building a White House team from scratch. But he also suggested he'd be thinking about it over Thanksgiving.

Reuters reports Carrier has not given any indication Trump's White House win would change their plans to move out of IN, where vice president-elect Mike Pence is governor.

Besides talking about the Olympic bid, Garcetti spokesman Connie Llanos said, the pair "had a productive conversation about ways to expand infrastructure investments and opportunities in communities across America".

In an effort to stop Carrier from leaving, Jones said the union identified about $23 million a year in savings that it could offer to the company.

However, she said the mayor "stressed the important role that immigrants and immigration reform will play in L.A.'s - and the nation's - long-term success".