Cell phone video footage of an announcement at an Indianapolis workplace shows the moment 1,400 employees were told their jobs would be eliminated as the company moves operations to Mexico.
Plant and union workers at Carrier Air Conditioner reacted with shock and disbelief as they were informed of the company’s decision. Amid angry shouts and obvious frustration in the crowd, the company representative tried to deliver the news calmly.
“The best way to stay competitive and protect the business for long term is to move production from our facility in Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico,” he said.
The video was posted by an employee on Wednesday after the announcement was made, which the company representative says was “strictly a business decision.”
“This is an extremely difficult decision,” he said. “It was made most difficult because I understand it will have an impact on all of you, your families, and the community.”
The transition won’t begin until mid-2017 and will occur in phases over a three-year-period, according to the company, which cites government regulations as one of the factors forcing the move. This did little to quell the tension and emotions in the room.
“How long will it take before people start tearing shit up?” one employee can be heard saying, while another yelled “Yeah, f**k you!”
The heating, cooling, air conditioning, and refrigeration company said in a statement that the move is in response to continued market and regulatory pressures: “The continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico, including our suppliers and competitors, and ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by new regulatory requirements.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the announcement came with no warning, according to RTV6.
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