Bernie Sanders to Attend Indy Carrier Rally

The Democratic presidential candidate will join union officials and local pols on Friday to protest layoffs at the Indianapolis plant.
An anonymous source involved in the organizing of Friday’s march and rally to protest the layoffs of workers at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant has confirmed to IM that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be in attendance.

Sanders is campaigning in Indiana ahead of the state’s May 3 primary, and will hit the Indianapolis rally at the Statehouse after Wednesday events in West Lafayette and Bloomington.

Earlier this month, United Steel Workers Local 1999, the union chapter that represents employees at the plant, endorsed Sanders’s campaign.

Word of Sanders’s visit has circulated among local media and political insiders for several days, but wasn’t confirmed until this afternoon.

“The event will give voice to the urgency of rewriting trade rules and the tragic cost of unfair trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on workers, families, and communities,” according to a release from the USW.

In addition to Sanders, expected attendees named in the USW release include U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Indiana Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is also expected to attend.