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FLASHBACK: Employees React To News Carrier Is Shipping Their Jobs To Mexico [VIDEO]

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The reaction of a room full of employees to the news Carrier Air Conditioning was shipping their jobs to Mexico was caught on camera when the company made the announcement in February.

A crowd of employees erupted in shouts and boos at the news their company was shipping 1,400 jobs to Mexico. Now some of them may be able to keep their jobs, as President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly reached a deal with the company to keep 1,000 of the 1,400 jobs in Indiana.

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Trump had repeatedly promised to keep the jobs in the country on the campaign trail. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent,” he said at an Indiana rally. “One-hundred percent.”

In the footage of the offshore announcement that went viral, a man speaking on behalf of the company explains the decision to a large crowd of employees in a gymnasium-like room. “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 says.

The crowd immediately erupts in shouts and boos. “That’s why you brought all those motherfuckers here!” one man shouts.

“Listen, we’ve got, I’ve got information that’s important to share as a part of transition,” the speaker continues. “If we could go ahead, if you don’t want to hear it other people do, so let’s quiet down. Thank you very much.”

“We also intend to relocate the distribution center from Indianapolis as well,” he continued. “Relocating our operations to Monterrey will allow us to maintain high levels of product quality –”

“Why would we care?” a man interjects.

“At competitive prices, and continue to serve the extremely price sensitive market place,” the speaker says, as people are heard yelling and exclaiming in the background. “I want to be clear, this is a strictly business decision.”

At that many laugh and continue to boo the speaker. “Once again, let’s please get, more information to share,” he says. “And by no means reflects the performance of this facility or any individual within it.”

“Through all the transition, we must remain committed to manufacturing the same high-quality products,” he adds, to which someone yells loudly: “Fuck you!”

The speaker again pauses to quiet the crowd, and continues: We still have a job to do. This is an extremely difficult decision, it was made most difficult because I understand that it will have an impact on all of you, your families and the community. As we continue and just as we are doing today, we will provide you with as much information as soon as possible about the transition. This will allow you to understand the plan better as well as the impact on you personally. We are committed to treating you with respect throughout this transition, and we will work with your union representatives to help ensure that this is the case.”

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