AUFC Blasts Trump Pick of Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary

‘Puzder is to Worker’s Rights and Fair Wages What the Entire Carl's Jr. Menu is to Working Arteries’

Washington DC – Americans United for Change President Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement reacting to reports that Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. (the parent company of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast-food chains) will be President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for U.S. Labor Secretary:

“There’s no sugar coating it: Andy Puzder would be a super-sized blow to worker’s rights and fair wages in America should he head the Labor Department. The Labor Secretary is supposed to be the Advocate-in-Chief for America’s working men and women. Instead, this is a guy who can’t wait to make workers obsolete in his own restaurants by replacing them with robots.  This is a guy who trashed President Obama’s action lifting the overtime pay threshold for millions of hard-working Americans, including fast-food chain managers, whose salaries fall just above the overtime threshold but were still expected to put in 60 plus hours per week without any added pay. To those underpaid and overworked salaried managers, Puzder said they should instead feel “an increased sense of ownership”. This is a guy who is ready to go to war against any effort to raise the minimum wage for the first time in 7 years, continuing the unacceptable situation of a growing number of Americans working full-time and still living in poverty. Never mind the decades of data showing that raising the minimum wage actually creates jobs because it puts more money in the pockets of people to spend on goods and services. Never mind that minimum wage workers have actually been suffering a continual pay cut since 2009 with inflation diminishing their purchasing power. Puzder has no idea what it’s like to survive on just $15,080 a year like a minimum wage worker considering he makes more in one day ($17,192). Like Trump, this is not someone who is concerned about the income inequality crisis in America, because he’s someone who thrives off of it.  This is someone who will push policies that will further enrich his own fast-food empire at the expense of wages and opportunity of everyday Americans. Throw in Puzder’s reputation of degrading women in his ad campaigns, and you’ve got a perfect fit for the anti-woman, anti-labor Trump administration. But Puzder would be a total nightmare for those hoping to climb into the middle class. Let’s face it: Puzder is to worker’s rights what the entire Carl's Jr. menu is to working arteries. We hope the Senate recognizes that and rejects his nomination.”