You voiced opposition to the #AntiLaborSecretary pick and now Puzder is expected to withdraw his nomination. When working men and women come together we can accomplish great things.
Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Andrew Puzder
“On behalf of the 2.5 million members of the New York State AFL-CIO, I want to thank Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for leading the fight to oppose Andrew Puzder’s confirmation as Labor Secretary. There was never any question that Mr. Puzder was the wrong choice.
To all the union members who took the time to make their voices heard either through a phone call, letter or petition; your actions made a difference and played a critical role in preventing Mr. Puzder’s confirmation from going forward.
We need a Secretary of Labor who puts working men and women first and clearly Andrew Puzder was not that person.”
Sign Petition to OPPOSE AntiLabor Secretary Pick Andy Puzder
There were many signs that President-elect Donald Trump would be a disaster for working families, but his choice for secretary of labor—fast food CEO Andrew Puzder—is truly horrifying.
Puzder’s anti-worker views are no secret. He’s railed against a meaningful increase in the minimum wage, opposed expanding overtime pay and advocated replacing working people with machines. Of his Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants that were investigated for labor law complaints, 60% were found to have violated the law. Most of these complaints were for failure to pay workers minimum wage or overtime.
And, while working people at his fast food chain sometimes were making below minimum wage, Puzder was taking big compensation packages. In 2012, he made 291 times as much as workers at his restaurants.
Now, he could be in charge of enforcing our nation’s labor laws—from ensuring workplace safety to investigating wage theft.
During the election, Trump made a lot of promises to create good jobs. But he’s filling his cabinet with CEOs and right-wing billionaires who have spent their lives undermining working people’s rights to come together in unions, while fighting minimum wage increases, and paid sick and family leave policies.
Puzder’s track record raises serious concerns about his qualifications. Trump will never meet his campaign promises to working people if he surrounds himself with people like Puzder, whose values are completely out of step with America’s workers.