CHICAGO Oct 4 United Technologies Corp
plans retrain U.S. workers at its Carrier Corp air conditioning
unit who will lose their jobs once production moves to Mexico,
the company's top executive said on Tuesday.
"These are real people with real jobs and real lives,"
United Technologies Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes said
at a conference in Chicago on future technologies. "We do have a
responsibility to those workers."
He gave no details about what the retraining would entail.
Carrier Corp's announcement in February about the production
move that would cost 1,400 jobs at a plant in Indianapolis and
700 at another plant in Indiana has come under sustained attack
from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Local union leaders said Carrier had told them the jobs
would go to Mexican workers who would make $3 an hour compared
with more than $20 for their U.S. counterparts.
Trump has said if elected he would impose steep tariffs on
Carrier air conditioners imported into the United States. The
Republican nominee has also criticized Ford Motor Co and
other U.S. corporations for moving American jobs abroad.
Hayes said globalization poses a broader challenge when it
comes to training and retraining workers that the United States
and other countries must address.
"The genie is out of the bottle," Hayes said. "The big
question is how do we train the next generation of workers and
how do we retrain the current generation?"
(Reporting By Nick Carey; Editing by David Gregorio)