CNN – Schumer calls on Puzder to withdraw nomination

February 9th, 2017

CNN – Schumer calls on Puzder to withdraw nomination

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to withdraw the nomination of Andrew Puzder, to head the Labor Department, citing his record as a business executive and his position on labor issues."


They ought to withdraw Mr. Puzder before he further embarrasses this administration and further exposes the hypocrisy of President Trump, who says one thing to the American worker and does another," the New York Democrat said Thursday at a news conference, referencing Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which runs Hardee's and Carl's Jr. Schumer said Puzder's record contradicts campaign promises Trump made to the working class.


With Andrew Puzder’s nomination, President Trump has sent another clear signal that he has no intention of fulfilling his campaign promise to put workers and retirees first—in fact, it would be the opposite. Puzder has disparaged his own workers and holds positions that would protect profits for CEOs and big corporations while making it harder for workers and families to make ends meet, let alone get ahead.


·         Puzder has repeatedly spoken poorly of working people—the same people he would be tasked with protecting as Secretary of Labor.

o   Puzder said of his workers: we hire “the best of the worst” and “it’s kind of the bottom of the pool.”

§  “And at Hardee’s it was so bad, we were hiring the worst of the worst and hoping they would stay.”

o   Puzder said 52% of the country is dependent on the government and “votes benefits to themselves.”

·         Months after his nomination was announced, just this week, Puzder admitted he employed an undocumented household worker for years, only recently paying back taxes on her income.

o   Puzder once said 40% of his workforce was undocumented.

·         Puzder outsourced American jobs while at CKE Restaurants, Inc.—outsourcing its restaurant information technology division to the Philippines.

·         Puzder has said raising the minimum wage is “a big mistake.”

o   As the CEO of a company whose restaurants have been found again and again to have underpaid workers and put them at risk, Puzder repeatedly fought to make sure that big corporations can maximize their profits from franchisees, with as little responsibility as possible for how workers at those franchisees get treated.

·         Puzder stated that machines are more convenient for corporations than workers who stand up for their rights.

·         Puzder opposes updates to our country’s outdated overtime rules that would extend overtime pay to 4.2 million workers. Instead, he wants to leave it up to CEOs to decide whether employees have worked hard enough to earn overtime.

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