INDIANAPOLIS -- Carrier workers got their first look this week at the offer the company will make to employees affected by its move to Mexico.
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.
Medical coverage will continue for six months after an employee is laid off.
The company is also offering to pay education and vocational training expenses through various programs.
The catch is: Employees are only eligible for all the benefits if they stay with the company until they are laid off.
The union representing the workers is offering its own ideas it hopes to hash out over two meetings next month.
Steelworkers Union Local 1999 believes the company can afford to give employees a one-time payment of $10,000.
It's asking for workers to be allowed to get their benefits if they get a new job. It's also asking for workers to get unpaid time off to go on job interviews.
The union also wants the time period for educational and medical benefits to be extended.
Carrier is also including some language in its offer in case things don't go well in Mexico. If the company returns production to Indianapolis within two years, it says it will recognize and bargain with the union it is now at odds with.
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