United Farm Workers


Sign the petition saying "NO" to CEO Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary

President-elect Trump’s nominees have had us shuddering. And he has done it again. His latest appointee for Labor Secretary is Andy Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which includes the Carl’s Jr. fast food chain. Sign our petition to Republican Chair Lamar Alexander today.

What does this rich guy who employs folks in the job of last resort know about protecting working people? Well, from the data out there, protecting the rights of the people who work at his company or its franchisees doesn’t seem to be his priority. Puzder has run a business model that has produced widespread labor abuses at the companies. According to data compiled by Bloomberg BNA, over the previous seven years, about 60 percent of all Labor Department investigations of Carl's Jr. restaurants found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

It’s hard to imagine a worse choice for Labor Secretary than Andy Puzder. The Labor Secretary’s job is to look out for American workers. Trump's Labor nominee has opposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour and efforts to expand eligibility for overtime pay. Farm workers are among the country's lowest paid workers and do one of the most dangerous jobs. If anyone needs someone to look out for them, farm workers do.

Puzder is another rich guy whose past has shown he will not create the type of jobs that people voted for. There is no way he should be Labor Secretary. Because of rule changes, Senate Republicans need a simple majority when they vote to confirm a nominee. This means that we have to get some Republicans to vote against his nomination.

Sign the petition we will be handing in to ‎Republican Chair Lamar Alexander and tell him the American people did not vote for low paying jobs. They did not vote for less protections. Republican Chair Lamar Alexander must do his job and make sure the Senate votes no on the appointment of Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary.