On Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Andy Puzder to be the new labor secretary under his administration. Puzder is currently the chief executive of CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc., which owns the popular fast-food burger chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Puzder had previously advocated against heavy government regulations which have hurt the restaurant industry, according to him. Since Trump is all about cutting back on government regulations, Puzder seems like the perfect choice for him.
Puzder was a contributor and even an adviser to Trump while he was campaigning for president. We all know Trump values loyalty, so perhaps it helped for Puzder to stay on his good side in order for him to get a position in the Trump administration. Puzder’s views do seem to be extremely right-wing and he has criticized many of the same things that Trump had criticized during his campaign. For starters, Puzder does not want to raise the federal minimum wage to any amount over $9. He is also against the Affordable Care Act, which pretty much every Republican has done, including Trump.
So, what could it mean to have Puzder as the labor secretary? Well, it certainly doesn’t look like he’ll go along with the agenda of the Democrats who want to raise the federal minimum wage to anywhere from $12 all the way up to $15. Union groups throughout the country have also created campaigns which push for higher wages at the federal, state, and local levels of government. But, they likely won’t get their wishes now either.
In a statement about the nomination, Trump said that Puzder is going to “fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous.” He also said that he’ll “save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.” Puzder also gave a statement which suggested that putting the right government policies in place will create higher wages and more jobs for American workers around the country.