INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A manufacturer criticized by President-elect Donald Trump for its plans to
close an Indianapolis plant and move about 300 jobs to Mexico has reached a
severance agreement with the plant’s workers, some of whom are still hoping
Trump can save their jobs, a union leader said Friday.
Local 1999 President Chuck Jones said Milwaukee-based Rexnord Corp. and the
union local reached an agreement Thursday that “provides some certainty and
benefits” to the workers slated to lose their jobs at the Indianapolis
But Jones urged
company executives to reconsider the plant’s impending closure, calling the
move a “heartless” decision.
“Most will not be
fortunate enough to find employment paying the wages and benefits at Rexnord,”
he said in a statement.
provides the plant’s workers with $2,000 in severance pay - $500 of which
they will receive by the end of December, Jones said. The workers will get
the remaining $1,500 when they lose their jobs and also receive one week of
pay for every year they’ve spent with the company. The deal’s other
provisions include six months of medical, dental and vision insurance at no
is near Carrier Corp., which Trump criticized during his election campaign
for its plans to close its Indianapolis plant where workers make air
conditioners and furnaces and move 1,400 jobs to Mexico. On Dec. 1, Trump
and Vice President-elect Gov. Mike Pence touted Trump’s role in Carrier’s
decision to reverse about 800 of the planned job cuts at its Indianapolis
Trump later took to
Twitter to rip Rexnord’s plans to move to Mexico. It isn’t clear whether
Trump intends to keep personally intervening in corporate decisions, and
Jones said he has no knowledge of any direct talks between Trump and Rexnord.
Jones said some
plant workers “are still hoping and thinking maybe that President-elect
Trump might get involved” to try to keep the Rexnord jobs in Indianapolis.
"We haven’t given
up the fight to keep these jobs in the country, but as far as really being
optimistic about that, I don’t think anybody is,” he said Friday.
said in a statement that the company had reached “a final agreement” with
the union local over the plant’s upcoming closure, but provided no details.
The statement said the layoffs would be completed between April and June
“This has been a
very difficult decision and we understand the human impact it will have on
our associates, their families and the Indianapolis community,” the company
said in its statement.