People Are Showing Chuck Jones Lots Of Love Following Social Media Frenzy

"When you insult the union, you're insulting workers who simply want a voice in the workplace."

Last week, Donald Trump announced that he had struck a deal with Carrier to keep 1,100 jobs in its Indianapolis plant from moving to Mexico. The president-elect hailed it as a "great deal for workers." But Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers 1999, a union that represents the Carrier workers whose jobs are on the line, wasn't impressed, the Washington Post reported.

In reality, Trump was only saving 800 jobs at Carrier, not the 1,100 he claimed. He appeared to have taken credit for saving 350 engineering jobs that were never slated to leave for Mexico. 550 of Jones' members were still going to lose their jobs. In exchange, Carrier would get $7 million in tax breaks over 10 years. 

After the Post article was published, Trump took to his favorite medium, Twitter, to criticize Chuck. He wrote, "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!"


Quickly after Trump singled out Jones for pointing out his lie, Jones began receiving threatening calls, the Post reported. 

Jones told MSNBC that he takes those threats with a grain of salt, though an outpour of support for the suddenly-famous union leader has showed up on Twitter under the hashtag #ImWithChuck. 

In an op-ed in the Post, Jones wrote that the attention isn't a big deal — in the 30 years he's been doing this, "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 added:

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.

In the meantime, Jones told the Post that he's busy working on lifting the spirits of his members who will lose their jobs, and doesn't quite have time to concern himself with politics.


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