Statement by Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman on the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder as nominee for Labor Secretary

Statement by Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven A. Tolman on the withdrawal of Andrew Puzder as nominee for Labor Secretary

President Trump promised the American people that he would be a champion for working families, but so far his cabinet picks have shown that he believes in putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Fast Food magnate Andy Puzder was one of many disastrous picks: the President was ready to put the Department of Labor in the hands of a businessman with a record of violating labor laws and opposing a living wage. With Puzder’s withdrawal, working people won an important victory today in the ongoing resistance to Republican efforts to unravel labor laws and workers’ rights across America. Tomorrow we face another battle in that fight: a close vote on a so-called Right to Work law in New Hampshire.

In the words of national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the American people want a Labor Secretary who will hold employers accountable for paying a fair wage and providing a safe workplace, while protecting our right to a voice on the job. Let’s see if President Trump fulfills his promise with his next nomination.

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