Activists laud Puzder's removal from consideration for labor secretary

click to enlarge Activists laud Puzder's removal from consideration for labor secretary
Gage Skidmore

Since the Trump Administration announced the nomination of Andy Puzder, CEO of the company that owns fast food chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, progressive activists railed against the decision.

Across the country as well as locally, they packed Hardee's franchises to call Puzder out on his anti-worker positions and his embrace of sexism in the company's advertising. Oh, and allegations of spousal abuse.

Now, they're lauding news that he won't be serving in the capacity of U.S. Labor Secretary after all.

Huffington Post is reporting that Puzder is being removed from consideration for U.S. Secretary of Labor Wednesday after his prospects of being confirmed diminished in recent days. This week, a number of Republican senators said they would not vote for him, and asked the White House to withdraw his nomination.

In the wake of the news, pro-worker groups applauded his ouster, given Puzder's criticisms of minimum wage increases and other worker issues, and attributed their victory to the their efforts at contacting Senators.

Debbie Singleton, a manager at a Tampa Hardee's franchise, said in an emailed statement she was happy to hear the news.

"That's the best news I've heard all year. We knew from the get go what this guy was all about," Singleton said. "This shows that when people come together and stand up against injustice, great things can happen. We stood up, we fought back and we won. We beat a man who built his burger empire on low pay, wage theft, sexual harassment and intimidation. And today, we are on the right side of history. This is a major victory for the Fight for $15, but we can’t and won’t back down until the Trump Administration gives us a real labor secretary who will put working people over corporate profits."

Earlier this week the Trump Administration also lost Defense Secretary Michael Flynn, who resigned after revelations he had spoken to Russian officials before Trump's inauguration.

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