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Carrier union chief says he’s willing to work with Trump

December 9, 2016
United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones speaks during a news conference Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Indianapolis. The local union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter says he won't stop saying the president-elect is inflating the number of jobs being saved in a deal with Carrier Corp. to stop the closing of an Indianapolis factory. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones speaks during a news conference Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Indianapolis. The local union president slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter says he won't stop saying the president-elect is inflating the number of jobs being saved in a deal with Carrier Corp. to stop the closing of an Indianapolis factory. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana union leader who’s been slammed by Donald Trump on Twitter says he’s willing to work with the president-elect and to protect manufacturing jobs.

Several Indiana union officials voiced support Friday for United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones in the wake of Trump’s tweeting that Jones “has done a terrible job representing workers” at a Carrier Corp. furnace factory in Indianapolis.

Trump’s attack came after Jones criticized him for inflating the number of jobs being saved in a Trump-brokered deal heading off some outsourcing to Mexico. Trump said 1,100 jobs were staying, while the deal only prevents 800 layoffs. Some 550 job cuts are still expected.

Jones says he’d be glad to sit down with Trump if he’s sincere about saving American jobs.

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