If Donald Trump’s choice for Labor Secretary Andy Puzder had his way there would be no labor at his Hardee’s restaurants.
He has indicated his preference for machines over people because they do not take time off or file lawsuits. And a recording recently surfaced of him referring to his employees as “the best of the worst.”
Puzder’s work at screwing workers goes back way before his ownership of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.
Read the story in the New York Times on the role Puzder played in working with the Vegas Mob, draining multiple pension funds of millions of dollars.
Who better to lead a Trump Labor Department?
And who better to speak on behalf of the fast food industry?
“I’ve not met him,” said (McDonald’s CEO Steve) Easterbrook, who runs the world’s largest fast-food restaurant chain. “What I would say is that it’s positive that he has a good, grassroots understanding of entry-level jobs. That is something that’s important to all of us.”
Easterbrook made his remarks after giving a speech at the Boston College Chief Executives Club luncheon. McDonald’s has increased average worker pay to almost $10 per hour. But those raises are limited to just a fraction of all U.S. McDonald’s restaurant workers because franchisees operate almost 90 percent of the chain’s 14,000 domestic locations.
Puzder’s Senate hearings have been delayed four times.