As I’ve noted before, I don’t trust Donald Trump as far as I can throw him, and wouldn’t touch him with a 39 1/2 foot pole. Maybe he could change that, but not if he continues to lie. The most recent one comes in the form of showboating all the Carrier jobs that he “saved.”
According to ThinkProgress, Carrier plans to lay off the very workers that Trump proclaims to have saved. How? Through automation, which is rarely mentioned in the conversation about job loss for factory workers, but can be a real job killer. The $16 million dollars gained by the technology company will promptly be invested in the creation and implementation of robots that replace the humans working there. This means that the 800 people whose jobs were spared in the short-term will eventually lose them, because, as CEO Greg Hayes put it:
“What that [automation] ultimately means is there will be less jobs.”
He further explained the drive to keep the company competitive:
“We’re going to… automate to drive the cost down so that we can continue to be competitive. Is it as cheap as moving to Mexico with lower cost labor? No. But we will make that plant competitive just because we’ll make the capital investments there.”
Hayes is explaining that profits of the company trump benefits to the worker. Granted, companies do have to make concessions. If they didn’t, they would go under and ALL their employees would be out of work. However, the immediate investment in automation shows that Trump should have known better than to immediately claim victory, and his supporters should have known better than to believe it.
The praise for Trump is also out of place and premature, considering that President Obama was able to save approximately 1.5 million jobs with the auto bailout, according to Reuters.
My feelings on the matter can be found below:
"Look at Carrier!"
If Trump said the sky was blue, I would look it up. @MakeWayForTay
— Timothy Hucks (@Ame0baRepublic) January 5, 2017