Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
USA | By Yvette Dunn

What Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee Might Mean For Mass.

What Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee Might Mean For Mass.

Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc, which operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, has frequently argued in the media that higher minimum wages would hurt workers by forcing restaurants to close.

CKE Restaurants itself, which in addition to running Hardees and Carl's Jr. has the Green Burrito and Red Burrito brands, has approximately 10,000 employees. "It's the country that we are, it's the people that we are, and we need to foster that image across the world and in the United States".

"We have had seven years of the Obama administration doing everything they possibly could to keep us from opening new businesses", Puzder told NRN this year.

"In Andrew Puzder, Trump found a labor secretary that would help him roll back the minimum wage, end the overtime rule that will raise wages for millions, weaken safeguards for workers, and to wipe out unions", said American Bridge, a liberal advocacy group.

He should know. As CEO of CKE Restaurants, Puzder oversees more than a few such frail songbirds. The position will require Senate confirmation.

"It's hard to think of anyone less suited for the job of lifting up America's forgotten workers-as Trump had campaigned on-than Puzder", said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, in a statement.

Hawaii is one of among the nation's strongest states for organized labor. Instead of taking on the rigged economy, it seems like Trump wants to rig it up even more.

"I want to try it", CEO Andy Puzder said of automated restaurants.

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The Journal's editorial board published a defense of Puzder on December 8, praising his opposition to raising the federal minimum wage, expanding Obamacare, and strengthening overtime protections for workers.

Federal lawmakers should [authorize] waivers from federal labor laws, similar to those granted under sections 1115 and 1119 of the Social Security Act, which allow state experiments with Medicaid, Medicare and other benefits programs. He is a man who spearheaded the invention that I think may be the greatest achievement of the fast-food industry in modern history: the Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger.

"No, Puzder doesn't intend to 'take humans out of the fast food equation, ' as Fortune had it".

Here's what Stavridis said as he walked through the lobby at Trump Tower: "When I first heard there was a short list, I thought they were referring to short people". In the e-mail, she writes, "I will most definitely confirm to anyone who may ask that in no way was there abuse". "The difficulty we face is that we don't worry about our competitors".

His view on regulation is echoed by many in the industry. It's a matter of supply and demand. He claimed it would lead employers to cut hours and job opportunities.

My job as a business person is to maximize profits for my company, employees and shareholders. The solution, then, is more jobs. "This is not rocket science", he added. He'd be seizing control of an agency that can investigate his company-owned and franchised stores for violations of wage-and-hour, occupational safety and other laws. "You're going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants".

Typically, minimum wage measures do well on ballots.

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