[Breaking] Puzder withdraws nomination for labor secretary
Feb 16 2017
Puzder, the head of CKE restaurants - the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's - also told friends recently he was "very exhausted of the abuse" he got from the media. To others, this view ignores the history of labor law as having grown the economy by increasing the average worker's purchasing power.
According to Politico, the Oprah Winfrey Network provided a tape of the episode to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at its request; the committee is overseeing Puzder's nomination.
"After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor", Puzder wrote.... He also probably would've been asked about his ex-wife's accusations of domestic abuse.
Fierstein later retracted her allegations as part of a child custody agreement, claiming they had been a tactic used to gain leverage in the negotiations. "She has reiterated that in a heartfelt letter to members of the committee and has been willing to talk to members of the committee so I don't think that's an issue".
Puzder denied the allegations, and Fierstein later recanted them.
In the Business Insider interview, Puzder said he was open to automation in his restaurants, especially with the rising cost of employees due to increases in minimum wage.
Puzder, the first career businessman nominated for labor secretary since 1981, faced intense scrutiny over his past.
Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants Inc.
"My wife and I employed a housekeeper for a few years, during which I was unaware that she was not legally permitted to work in the US", Puzder said in a statement.
Puzder's spokesman said the nominee had paid the taxes as soon as he found out he owed them.
What's different about the Trump-Puzder approach is not acceptance of the inevitability of automation, but the acceptance of all the negative social consequences that may very well come with it. Charges include wage theft, manipulated overtime, sexual harassment and unfair labor practices.
Economists are anxious the Trump administration won't trust its own jobs numbers.
Tim Scott cited "revelations regarding paying employees in cash, illegal immigration and comments regarding some of the American workforce", when he expressed concerns over his potential support for Puzder to GOP leadership. ("The fact is that there are jobs in this country that US citizens, for whatever reason, are reluctant or unwilling to perform", Puzder said in a 2013 Politico op-ed.) Add up those three factors, CNN's Manu Raju said, and it was "all too much to overcome" for Senate Republicans.
On Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Puzder to withdraw, calling him "probably the most anti-worker" choice ever for the Cabinet position.