Fight for $15 to hold protests against Puzder

  • January 11, 2017

Fight for $15 to hold protests against Puzder 

Newly updated report via Politico Pro written by Cogan Schneier.  (Subscription required)

Expect protests mainly in those cities and markets where activities have taken place in the past.

Fast-food workers aligned with the SEIU-backed Fight for $15 will hold rallies Thursday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s burger chains. Cooks and cashiers will protest at various Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, at corporate offices and at Labor Department branches in more than 20 cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles and at CKE headquarters in St. Louis. Some protests will be led by Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s employees.

Puzder’s confirmation hearing before the Senate HELP committee has been repeatedly delayed, and is now expected sometime in February. As the CEO of a major fast food chain, he’s faced criticism from liberal and worker groups. Opponents point to his reluctance to raise the minimum wage, his opposition to the Labor Department’s overtime rule and his comments that he favors robots over human workers.