Donnelly Statement on United Technologies Executive Confirming Corporation’s Moving Jobs to Mexico to Chase Cheap Wages

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly released the following statement in response to Robert McDonough, President, UTC Climate Controls & Security confirming the corporation is moving jobs to Mexico to take advantage of low wages. 

Donnelly said, “United Technologies’ decision to move Hoosier jobs to Mexico was based on chasing cheap wages. You don’t need to take my word for it—listen to what company executive Bob McDonough told investors today.  

“If it’s not clear what McDonough meant when he said, ‘still there’s some opportunity there,’ he’s saying United Technologies isn’t done shipping American jobs overseas.” 

During UTC’s Annual Investor Conference today, McDonough told investors: We’ve shifted an abundant part of our manufacturing footprint to relatively lower-cost countries, about two-thirds. Still there’s some opportunity there.” 

Earlier this week, the Senator met in his Washington D.C. office with McDonough to discuss the company’s decision to move 2,100 jobs to Mexico from Carrier in Indianapolis and UTEC in Huntington. During that meeting, McDonough laid out the reasons the company is sending these jobs to Mexico, and the primary reason was United Technologies’ desire to reduce costs by taking advantage of $3 per hour labor in Mexico.

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