Rexnord severance agreement made with hundreds of employees losing jobs

(Photo supplied/Rexnord Corp.)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana union leader says a manufacturer criticized by President-elect Donald Trump for its plans to move jobs at its Indianapolis plant to Mexico has reached a severance agreement with the plant’s workers.

United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones said Friday that Milwaukee-based Rexnord and the union local had reached an agreement that “provides some certainty and benefits” to 300 workers who will lose their jobs at the Indianapolis bearings plant.

Rexnord’s facility is near Carrier Corp., which Trump criticized during his election campaign for moving jobs to Mexico. Trump later touted a deal to save hundreds of those jobs in exchange for about $7 million in state tax breaks and grants.

Trump later took to Twitter to rip Rexnord’s plans to move to Mexico. Jones says he has no knowledge of any direct talks between Trump and Rexnord.

Rexnord officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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