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.
If this move happens, that should really change the views of the Department of Labor on a massive number of issues, but importantly complex issues like the joint employer issue which has been of deep concern to many business sectors. The report below was just released to Politico Pro members, and was written by Cogan Schneier.
President-elect Donald Trump reportedly will meet with CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder today to discuss heading the Department of Labor Click To Tweet
Puzder is widely assumed to be the front-runner pick for Labor secretary, and this will be his second meeting with Trump since the election.
On a transition briefing call this morning, transition spokesman Jason Miller said Puzder “has a really good handle on what the PE is trying to do to improve the economy. He’s someone who has been a success at a number of different levels. He is a job creator and understands what we need to do to get our economy moving for everybody.” Miller added that Puzder is a “very talented man with a very strong background.”