Prepare yourself to bid farewell to any remaining vestiges of President Barack Obama’s middle-class labor reform agenda.
President-elect Donald Trump is considering one of the nation’s top fast food executives to be the nations next secretary of labor, according to The New York Times, which anonymously cited a member of Trump’s transition team. As secretary of labor, Andrew Puzder would be principally responsible for setting and executing the president’s labor agenda. He favors robots as a method to reduce the cost of your hamburger.
As CEO of CKE Restaurants — a company that operates fast food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s — Puzder has openly criticized President Obama’s proposal to extend hourly labor protection to managers who make less than $47,000 per year. Obama’s proposed reforms were first blocked last month by a federal job. Puzder’s potential appointment as labor secretary would likely spell the end of such reforms for the foreseeable future.
Currently managers who make at least $24,000 per year are not entitled to overtime compensation under federal labor law. Reforming said labor law has been an eleventh hour priority for the outgoing commander-in-chief.
Puzder called Obama’s labor reforms a “regulatory maze…imposed on employers.”
The reversal of Democratic labor policy likely won’t end there. Conservative commentators have suggested the next president could wipe out Obama’s executive orders that require government contractors to report labor violations, God forbid anyone actually fess up and apologize for ripping off working class people.
Trump’s labor secretary candidate has been top boss at CKE Restaurants since September 2000 and oversaw a revival of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brands after a Hepatitis outbreak that led to seven figure settlements with over 1,400 allegedly sick customers. Puzder is also council co-chair of the American Enterprise Institute, a pro-corporation conservative think tank that has published reports doubting human influence in climate change, according to Desmoblog.
America’s service industry employees, already underpaid and overworked, are about to find their lives getting much harder as more and more profits are funneled to the richest Americans.