Newsweek • David Madland
President Trump’s nomination of fast food CEO Andrew Puzder to head the U.S. Department of Labor is a betrayal to American workers—including the very workers Trump promised to champion.
The reasons are plenty: Puzder’s firms have a long record of violating basic workplace standards. Puzder opposes raising the minimum wage. He expresses disdain for allowing workers to earn overtime, take breaks, or bargain collectively with corporate headquarters.
He even once said he would be interested in trading his workers with machines, because machines “never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.”
But perhaps the ultimate betrayal comes from the fact that Puzder, whose confirmation hearing is set for February 2, believes that trickle-down economics is somehow good for the economy.