Voice Your Opposition to Puzder for Trump’s Labor Secretary on Wednesday

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

As the CEO of the company that owns fast-food chains Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, Andy Puzder has championed replacing human workers with robots and sexist advertising while racking up labor rights, health and safety violations.

He’s now on the brink of running a government department with a mission to “foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.”

Given his penchant for wage theft and his leadership of a company routinely charged with sexual harassment, this Trump nominee isn’t qualified for this job. The Labor Department is supposed to protect working people from those things and other abuses, not kill jobs, depress wages and ignore dangerous and hostile working conditions.

Wednesday, February 1 is a national call-in day to oppose Donald Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor.

Dial 1-844-612-6113 or click here to make the call to express your concerns.

Since the 1860s, the United States has outlawed low-or-no-wage labor practices. That’s why we fought a civil war over slavery, won by the Americans who believed that all workers deserve a living wage and a share of the economic pie.

Since slavery isn’t an option today, Puzder prefers robots as workers versus humans. “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,” he said, according to Business Insider.

Puzder’s passion for robots has triggered a “Puzbots” campaign.

In short, he opposes everything our Labor Department is supposed to stand for. So we must oppose him.

Need more context? You can read the AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka’s Letter to Senators Urging Them to Reject the Nomination of Andrew Puzder for Labor Secretary. It begins:

President Trump’s nomination of Andrew Puzder to be U.S. Secretary of Labor betrays the promise he made to put working people first. Puzder’s record as the CEO of fast food corporation CKE Restaurant(s), as well as his public statements, reflect not only a callous disregard for the welfare of workers, but also a shocking ignorance of the agency’s important mission. On behalf of the twelve and a half million members of the AFL-CIO, I urge you to reject this nomination.

Want to see this callous disregard in action? Check out one of his many commercials sexist featuring women in bikinis eating big, fat burgers. Because, to him (and Trump), women are meat:

 

You can also:

Visit Good Jobs Nation on the web.

Visit Good Jobs Nation on Facebook.

Follow Good Jobs Nation on Twitter.

And send tweets along these lines:

RT @AndyPuzbot: We are the Puzbots. We love @AndyPuzder, and we’re coming for your job. #antilaborsecretary pic.twitter.com/nkMLkwxMFC

#AntiLaborSecretary @AndyPuzder opposes a minimum wage hike. He’ll make life worse for working ppl: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Andy-Puzder-s-Record-Defined-by-Fighting-Against-Working-People #1u #AntiLaborSecretary

Andrew Puzder would be a disaster for working Americans. Tell your legislators to oppose him. http://go.aflcio.org/OpposePudzer #1u #AntiLaborSecretary

Working ppl can’t pay bills with “stature” or “accomplishment.” Tell legislators to oppose Puzder’s nomination http://go.aflcio.org/OpposePudzer #1u #AntiLaborSecretary

Puzder disrespects his own workers. How can we expect him to respect America’s workers? [insert graphic] http://go.aflcio.org/OpposePudzer #1u #AntiLaborSecretary

Whatever you do to register your opposition to him, remember to let your elected officials know that a vote for Puzder will hurt working people everywhere.

Johnson also is a fellow at the Commonwealth Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Renewal of the California Dream. Follow Dave Johnson on Twitter: www.twitter.com/dcjohnson.

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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