INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (WTNH) — Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he will do everything he can to keep United Technologies from shutting down plants in Indiana putting 2,100 employees out of work.
Sanders, speaking at a steelworkers rally on Friday where union members were protesting UTC’s plans, called the company’s plans to shut plants in Indianapolis and Huntington and move the work to Monterey, Mexico where workers will be paid $3 an hour, unacceptable.
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Sanders told union members “The greed of United Technologies is almost unbelievable. You can’t make this stuff up. They have no shame.”
He said the company made a profit of more than $7 billion last year and “Today, we need to send a very loud and very clear message to the CEO of United Technologies: Stop the greed. Stop destroying the middle class in America. Respect your workers. Respect the American People.
Sanders also said that trade policies that allow businesses to shut down facilities in the U.S. and move elsewhere need to be rewritten.
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United Steelworkers Local 1999 that represents the workers at the Indiana plants has endorsed Sanders for President.
United Technologies has not yet responded to Sander’s comments.