TRUMP CABINET TO INCLUDE PUZDER
President-elect Donald Trump names fast-food executive Andrew Puzder as head of the Labor Department.
washington » President-elect Donald Trump named fast-food executive Andrew Puzder, a vocal critic of substantially increasing the minimum wage and an opponent of rules that would make more workers eligible for overtime pay, as his pick for head of the Labor Department.
Puzder, who runs CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., has been a harsh critic of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, arguing that it would increase costs for consumers and lead to fewer jobs.
He also opposes the recently delayed La- bor Department rule that aimed to make millions more workers eligible for overtime pay.
As the head of a fast-food company, Puzder is a supporter of the approach touted by Trump on the campaign trail that lowering taxes for corporations and the wealthy and loosening regulations for businesses can boost job creation. He is a strong opponent of the Affordable Care Act, which he claims has hurt the restaurant industry because higher health premiums have left consumers with less money to spend.
By bringing in Puzder, Trump is signaling that he may scale back some of regulations introduced by current Labor Secretary Tom Perez. He will have the potential to reverse some of the Obama administration’s most notable efforts to bolster protections for workers, families and retirement savers.
With the nomination of the fast-food executive, Trump brings another top fundraiser into his Cabinet. Puzder supported Trump’s race to the White House financially and served as an economic adviser to his campaign. He and his wife, Deanna, contributed $332,000 to helping Trump get elected.
Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, has been a harsh critic of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.