By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A union leader says he’ll try to put outside pressure on a company to reverse its decision to shut down a 1,400-worker factory in Indianapolis and move production to Mexico.

United Steelworkers Local 1999 president Chuck Jones says a meeting Wednesday with Carrier Corp. executives didn’t make any progress toward stopping the move. Jones says the Indianapolis factory is profitable, but that Carrier plans to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour.

Carrier Corp. announced last week it planned to close the factory over a three-year period starting in 2017.

Carrier spokeswoman Michelle Caldwell says the company will discuss the move with union officials and continue offering education benefits to employees.

Jones says the union will ask businesses stop buying Carrier products if the company goes ahead with the closure.



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