Controversial Andrew Puzder Nominated For Secretary of Labor

Viewed by President-elect Donald Trump as “Andy will fight to make American workers safer,” and “he {Puzder} will ensure workers receive the benefits they deserve,” Franklin resident, Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, that includes Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr, has been nominated as Secretary of Labor.  On the surface, an act that seems to be questionable at best.

The author of the book, “Job Creation:  How It Really Works And Why Government Doesn’t Understand it,” Puzder is well known for turning corporations around and openly supports regulatory reform.  However, he also prefers automation in the workplace, and kiosks, to higher minimum wages for workers.  Additionally, his companies have been named in multiple class-action lawsuits for not paying employees fairly.

Two of the lawsuits against Puzder’s companies occurred in California in 2004 and in 2013.  In 2014, Puzder admitted, according to the Orange County Register, that his company, “Spent 20 million on labor lawsuits in the previous eight years.”

Political connections Puzder has held include economic advisor to Mitt Romney in 2008 and serving as Trump’s senior economic advisor during his campaign for the Presidency.

CKE Restaurant Holdings will relocate its headquarters to Williamson County, about 21 miles south of Nashville, in early 2017.  A move that is expected to bring about 200 jobs to Franklin.  The question is, “Are these new jobs being created or relocations of current employees?”

With the controversies surrounding Andrew Puzder, and his methods of treating workers, the question remains, “Is he the right fit for the Secretary of Labor post Donald Trump has nominated him for?”

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