We stand in solidarity with Chuck Jones and all the brothers and sisters of United Steelworkers (USW) Local Union 1999 who are fighting to protect good American jobs at Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis, Indiana. To show your solidarity use #ImWithChuck on social media.
On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to personally attack Chuck Jones, president of USW local 1999 which represents workers at Carrier.
Trump went on his tirade after Jones and other Carrier workers spoke truth to power to correct the record about Trump’s claims that he saved 1,100 jobs at Carrier from moving to Mexico. The actual number is 730 jobs saved. 550 jobs are still being moved to Mexico, despite the $7 million Carrier is getting in tax breaks.
For more than 35 years, Chuck and millions of union members have stood up against unfair trade deals that give companies like Carrier incentives to make products overseas and ship them back to the United States. Since 2000, the USW alone been a part of more than 50 trade cases to help keep family-sustaining jobs in this country.
Trump’s attack on USW Local 1999 President Chuck Jones is disrespectful to all workers who come together in unions to put a check on corporate power and greed. Trump’s tweets are a direct attack on the freedom of speech of a local union President who is simply doing his job. It is also a direct assault on the freedom of speech of every one of us. We should be able to speak up and criticize the actions of politicians without the fear of President-elect Trump’s social media wrath.
We know that workers coming together through unions is the best way to protect good American jobs, raise wages, ensure safe working conditions and protect our middle class. Our strength comes through our solidarity. Today, we want to send a message that is loud and clear that we stand with Chuck and all the hardworking union leaders, stewards, activists and members who fight each and every day for a better life for their members and all working people.