Trump just scored perhaps the biggest victory of his new tenure. But it comes with a huge asterisk.

By Danielle Paquette

Rexnord employees and their families protest in Indianapolis on Nov. 11. (Photo by Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

As news broke that President-elect Donald Trump reached a deal to save nearly 1,000 jobs at an Indianapolis plant on Tuesday evening, factory worker Brian Reed prepared to lose his job of 24 years just a mile away.

Reed assembles roller bearings at Rexnord, an industrial supplier that plans to send his job and 294 others from the Midwest to Mexico. The 45-year-old father worries about the mortgage, college tuition for his daughter and health insurance for his son, a football player. He hopes Trump will try to save his family’s livelihood, too.

“We are counting on him,” Reed said. “The working class elected him. Now take a stance.”

This week, the president-elect steered national attention to Carrier, the air conditioning manufacturer that had intended to move roughly 1,400 jobs from Indiana to Monterrey, Mexico. Carrier now says it will keep nearly 1,000 of those jobs in the state’s capital after coming to an agreement with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is governor of Indiana.

Neither the company nor Trump’s transition team released details of the agreement.

[After Trump pledged to keep Carrier jobs in U.S, company says it won’t move nearly 1,000 to Mexico]

The deal followed Trump’s pledge at an April rally in Indianapolis to rescue the jobs.

“That’s what is going to happen,” he said at the time. “It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent. 100 percent.”

Yet, the situation in Indianapolis highlights just how intractable the outflow of manufacturing jobs is …read more