A look at the important dates in Carrier's decision to move jobs from Indy to Mexico:
Feb. 10: Carrier announces they are relocating 1,400 jobs from Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico. Video surfaces of the moment employees find out. The company states the relocation process will take place over a 3-year period. The work movement is expected to start in 2017, with completion in 2019. Chris Nelson, president of HVAC Systems and Services North America, says the move will allow the company to operate more cost-effectively. In a statement, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the company's surprise announcement was without warning and incredibly disappointing.
Feb. 14: News surfaces that Carrier received $5M in federal stimulus funds. The Department of Energy awarded Carrier $5.1 million in clean energy tax credits in December 2013. The announcement said the money would allow Carrier to “expand production at its Indianapolis facility to meet increasing demand for its eco-friendly condensing gas furnace product line.”
Feb. 17: Indiana leaders ask Carrier for a meeting to try to keep the jobs in the state. Gov. Pence, U.S. Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats, Congressmen Andre Carson and Marlin Stutzman and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett all sign a letter asking the company to come to the table in good faith to find a solution to keep the jobs in Indiana.
Feb. 21: Mayor Hogsett, Sen. Joe Donnelly meet with Carrier workers at their first regularly-scheduled union meeting since Carrier announced it was relocating jobs to Mexico. "So today's message was just a message of solidarity. That we stand with the 1,400 workers that are potentially going to be affective and that we'll do whatever we can to transition them into new employment if that is the reality, " Mayor Hogsett said.
March 2: Gov. Pence meets with Carrier executives at the Statehouse. He calls the meeting "frank and productive" and says the company will repay state and local tax incentives it had received. He says the company will keep 400 good paying jobs in Indiana. He also says executives told him the decision to relocate jobs had nothing to do the business climate in Indiana, but that federal regulations were a major factor.
Carrier releases a statement about the meeting saying they "touched on the continued migration of Carrier’s suppliers and competitors to Mexico, as well as ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by evolving regulatory requirements and standards."
“I’ve said all along that this is a case of a very profitable company with extremely well compensated executives chasing cheap wages in Mexico. The letter supports that assertion when Schellinger writes that UTC told the governor that ‘labor costs must be reduced," Sen. Donnelly says in response.
"The way they rolled this out, I think, was despicable," Coats said. "And they acknowledged it. It was a terrible rollout. And a disservice to the people who are working in the plant, and to Indiana. I tried to convince them … is there anything we can do to rethink this thing through? They made it clear that over this next three-year period of time they're going to be shifting out of Indiana."
July 1: Workers get their first look at the severance offers from Carrier. The company says severance pay will involve one week for every year of employment. Each worker will also get an extra lump sum of $2,500 and medical coverage will continue for six months after an employee is laid off. The company also offers to pay education and vocational training expenses through various programs.