Senate Minority Leader Charles, Schumer of New York called for Andrew Puzder to withdraw himself from consideration, or the President to withdraw his labor secretary nominee himself, before he is further embarrassed by his own hypocrisy.
Puzder, Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Labor, is scheduled for confirmation Feb. 16 with the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates both fast-food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.
Puzder, who makes more than $4 million in salary and bonuses has been a tireless campaigner against increases in the minimum wage. In 2004, as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the restaurant chain settled a class action lawsuit that alleged the fast-food chains had bilked store managers out of overtime pay. The company paid $9 million under that settlement.
Schumer said Trump could not have picked a worse nominee for labor secretary. “Everything in his career is anti-ethical to the goals of the Department of Labor,” he said.
Not only is Puzder against the minimum wage, he has been a key figure in the anti-abortion movement. In the 1980’s, Puzder’s first wife accused him of abuse during divorce proceedings, though later Puzder produced an email, he alleged was from his former wife, that seemed to place doubt on those charges.
As CEO in the fast-food industry, Puzder was quoted by Business Insider as saying He would like to see machines replace people. “They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case,” he said.
Speaking to reporters today Schumer said Trump’s labor nominee reveals his hypocrisy.
“They ought to withdraw Mr. Puzder before he further embarrasses this administration and further exposes the hypocrisy of President Trump, who says one thing to the American worker and does another,” Schumer said.