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Only 800 Carrier jobs to stay in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO/NETWORK INDIANA): Only about 800 jobs will stay in Indiana – instead of more than 1,100. That’s what the union representing Carrier workers says in a flyer that was sent out Monday.

United Steelworkers Local 1999 says 300 research positions that are staying in Indy were never headed to Mexico to begin with. The union also says more than 500 jobs at the Indianapolis plant will STILL be leaving in the deal – plus ALL 700 jobs at the plant in Huntington.

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Both President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence announced a deal with Carrier last week to provide about 7-million dollars in incentives to keep jobs from moving to Mexico.

The incentive package is a departure from how tax credits are commonly used in the Hoosier state.

Carrier will receive 5 million dollars in tax credits over the next decade in exchange for keeping the jobs at its Indianapolis plant. It’ll also get 1 million in training grants and up to 1 million in additional tax credits based on its planned 16 million dollar investment in the factory.

The deal differs from most other economic development agreements in Indiana as incentives are usually aimed at bringing in jobs, not retaining them. The economic development board must still approve the deal.

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