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Thursday, December 08, 2016

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Puzder Appointment

WASHINGTON — 

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement on President-elect Trump’s nomination of fast food CEO Andy Puzder to be U.S. Secretary of Labor:

“Donald Trump was elected president on a promise to be a champion of working people. His early Cabinet appointments haven’t instilled a lot of confidence that he will be true to his word. And now, his choice to be Secretary of Labor may be the worst of all.

“Fast food CEO Andy Puzder believes in, and has practiced, a profits-over-people business model. He believes in paying workers poverty wages – replacing them with machines if possible – while executives get rich.

“This selection is an insult to the grassroots Fight for 15 movement that has done so much, against great obstacles, to help fast food workers and others earn a living wage. Puzder is an outspoken opponent of raising the minimum wage. He has argued that denying workers overtime pay gives them greater pride and prestige. And his company is a regular violator of wage and hour laws.

“At every turn, Andy Puzder has shown contempt for people who get up early every morning and work hard to support their families. This isn’t an encouraging sign that the President-elect will govern as a friend and ally of working people.”

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