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Union Leader Who Exposed Trump’s Lies: I’m Getting Dead Threats

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Union Leader Who Exposed Trump’s Lies: I’m Getting Dead Threats

Chuck Jones, an Indiana union leader who publicly criticized Donald Trump for lying about the Carrier jobs deal said he has received threats since the president-elect attacked him on Twitter.

Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, bashed Trump to national media outlets for saying his agreement with the United Technologies unit saved more jobs than it actually did. Trump announced last week that the agreement — which gives Carrier $7 million in financial incentives — would keep 1,100 jobs in Indiana rather than have them move to Mexico.

“When I met with Carrier officials last Thursday, I realized that that wouldn’t be the case. Though Trump said he’d saved 1,100 jobs, he hadn’t. Carrier told us that 550 people would get laid off. “I’m tired of being lied to,” Jones said on CNN.

“Trump didn’t tell people that, though. When he spoke at our plant, he acted like no one was going to lose their job. People went crazy for him. They thought, because of Trump, I’m going to be able to provide for my family.”

Jones told The Washington Post that Trump “lied his a– off” about the number of positions the agreement preserved, revealing that he was told hundreds of his members would lose their jobs.

A Carrier spokeswoman previously confirmed to CNBC that 300 headquarters and engineering jobs in the state were never getting relocated and were included in the 1,100 position estimate.

Shortly after Jones criticized Trump on CNN on Wednesday night, Trump attacked him on Twitter. Jones told NBC News that abuse from Trump’s supporters increased after the tweets.

“I’m getting threats and everything else from some of his supporters,” the union leader said Wednesday night. “I’m getting them all day long — now they’re kicked up a notch.”

Jones added that some of the people threatening him knew he had children.

“To be honest, the attention isn’t a big deal. I’ve been doing this job for 30 years. In that time, people have threatened to shoot me, to burn my house down. I’m not a macho man, but I’m just used to it,” Jones said.

He added:

“What I can’t abide, however, is a president who misleads workers, who gives them false hope. We’re not asking for anything besides opportunity, for jobs that let people provide for their families. These plants are profitable, and the workers produced a good-quality product. Because of corporate greed, though, company leaders are racing to the bottom, to find places where they can pay the least. It’s a system that exploits everyone.”

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