Trump Criticizes Union Leader Critical of Indiana Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President-Elect Donald Trump speaks at event at Carrier HVAC plant in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Chris Bergin/Reuters)
President-Elect Donald Trump speaks at event at Carrier HVAC plant in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Chris Bergin/Reuters)

President-elect Donald Trump is slamming a union leader who criticized his deal to discourage air conditioner manufacturer Carrier Corp. from closing an Indiana factory and moving its jobs to Mexico.

Trump wrote on social media Wednesday evening: “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers.”

That local union branch represents workers at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant.

In a second post, Trump suggested Jones should “Spend more time working — less time talking” and the union should “Reduce dues.”

Jones told The Washington Post in a story published Tuesday that Trump lied about how many jobs were saved by the deal, which included $7 million in state tax incentives. He accused Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence of staging “a dog and pony show” around the deal.