Next week, the Senate is expected to hold hearings on President-elect Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder.
The laundry list of reasons he would be a horrendous pick to run the Department of Labor is huge. He opposes raising the minimum wage and doesn’t believe millions of working people should be paid for the overtime they’ve worked. He supports the practice of letting corporations hire temporary or contract workers to avoid bargaining with employees.
We know this, but there are still lots of people across the country who don’t know that Trump’s nomination of Puzder is just another example of how he’s going to put the interests of the wealthy and corporate CEOs before us.
We need to do everything we can to cut through the spin that Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are going to use to distract from Puzder’s awful record—and a letter in your local newspaper can go a long way in doing just that.
Outside of his opposition to policies that would help millions of working people, Puzder has done everything he can to cut corners and shortchange the tens of thousands of hardworking people at Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and the restaurants his company owns.
He’s called workers at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s—workers who have made him rich—“unskilled” and said they “don’t produce enough economic value.” More than half of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants that were investigated for wage and hour violations were found to have violated the law. He refused to pay his managers overtime they earned, saying paying them more would take away their “sense of ownership.” He’s talked about replacing workers with machines.
So let’s do this together. Join others in writing a letter to your local paper, so that more of our friends and community will learn the truth about Andrew Puzder and Trump’s dangerous vision for working people.