Indy reporter Rafael Sánchez has been covering the Carrier layoffs since February of this year when they were first announced. He traveled to Mexico to illustrate how no American could afford to live on the $3 per day paycheck Carrier would pay plant workers there, and he has aggressively covered their decision to ship jobs out.
Sánchez was denied a press credential to cover the event, but not by Trump's team. No, it was Carrier who made the decision to exclude him. He reports here:
Call 6 Investigates Chief Investigator Rafael Sanchez was denied press credential access to the announcement event at the Carrier plant that will detail the deal the west-side Indianapolis plant made with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence to keep more than half of the jobs of the original 1,400 slated to be moved to Mexico.
Sanchez's credentials were denied by Carrier executives during an approval process that saw another RTV6 reporter and photographer, and several other local media approved in to.
As Sánchez reports, the question of exactly how many jobs were actually saved is in question, too. In fact, the real reporting on this should be that Mike Pence, as governor of Indiana, basically bribed Carrier into keeping half or possibly less than half of the jobs there, while sending the rest to Mexico.
Bernie Sanders wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post which told the truth about this so-called "victory."
In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?
In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country.
Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives. Even corporations that weren’t thinking of offshoring jobs will most probably be re-evaluating their stance this morning. And who would pay for the high cost for tax cuts that go to the richest businessmen in America? The working class of America.
This should also serve as a warning to all of us. Reporters who actually report the truth and facts will be locked out.
What are they all so afraid of?