Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on the Nomination of Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

For Release: 

Thursday, December 8, 2016


Evan Sutton
Cell: 206-851-0178

WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Andrew Puzder to lead the Department of Labor, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement:

“Donald Trump promised repeatedly to stand up for the little guy, to fight for working families, to create good jobs and a booming economy. By picking Andrew Puzder to be secretary of labor, the president-elect makes a mockery of those promises and puts the Department of Labor—which was created to help workers—squarely in the hands of the titans of corporate America.

“As CEO of CKE Restaurants—a massive conglomerate whose properties include Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s—Puzder outsourced key jobs overseas, planned to replace workers with machines to avoid paying benefits, repeatedly and loudly opposed raising the minimum wage, paid union-busting firms to stop his own workers from forming a union, and opposes the Affordable Care Act because it requires that he provide high-quality healthcare for his employees.

“Considering Trump’s own record—buying cheap, overseas steel and aluminum for his properties and putting Americans out of work; saying wages are 'too high'; fighting tooth and nail to stop his workers in Las Vegas from forming a union; stiffing small-business owners; and pledging to take healthcare from 20 million Americans by repealing the ACA—it’s clear that he and Puzder are cut from the same cloth. 

“While this comes as no surprise, it is deeply disappointing. After a long campaign of promising to return prosperity and good jobs to struggling families, this pick makes it clear that Trump won’t drain the swamp—he’ll fill it with worse and worse kinds of slime.”

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.