Chuck Jones, a Steelworkers Union head who was criticized by Donald Trump, says the president-elect deserves credit for helping save hundreds of jobs at a Carrier air conditioning plant, but calls on the billionaire to engage directly with the unions too. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Chuck Jones, union head who was criticized by Donald Trump, said on Friday (Dec. 9) that the president-elect deserved credit for helping save hundreds of union jobs at the Carrier air conditioning plant, and called on Trump to engage directly with the unions to help save additional jobs. Trump had clashed earlier in the week with the Jones, who had accused the president-elect of lying about the number of jobs saved in a deal to keep Carrier from moving some jobs from Indiana to Mexico. Jones, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999, which represents workers at United Technologies Corp's Carrier plant in Indianapolis, in an interview on CNN had criticized Trump for at least the second time in two days over the deal. On Friday, flanked by fellow union heads including the state president of the AFL-CIO, Jones acknowledged his gratitude to Trump during a news conference but added that Trump still had an opportunity to show hi sincerity over keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S. "We are going to hold him accountable," Jones said.