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Puzder Withdrawal a Victory for Working Families

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March 8, 2017

Facing massive opposition from labor groups and allies, anti-worker Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration the day before his scheduled Senate hearing.

The nomination of Alex Acosta, a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, is now going through the Senate confirmation process.

For months, CWAers and allies including Good Jobs Nation and the Working Families Party flooded senators’ offices with phone calls, rallying against Puzder’s disdain for working people.

Puzder finally withdrew as more reports surfaced that his fast food companies had cheated workers of their wages and that he had illegally employed an undocumented worker as a housekeeper.

CWA President Chris Shelton said, “The withdrawal of Andrew Puzder for consideration as Secretary of Labor is a victory for working families and demonstrates the power of grassroots resistance and mobilizing against corporate greed. The Department of Labor is supposed to be on the side of working people when it comes to keeping jobs safe, stopping employer abuse and safeguarding workers’ rights on the job.”

Puzder has expressed opposition to a fair minimum wage, overtime pay, paid sick leave and other workplace benefits, and told Business Insider that robots were better workers than people. “They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case.”