A little good news (for a change)

The White House is withdrawing the nomination of Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor. His confirmation hearing, delayed four times, was scheduled for tomorrow.

The statement of the National Employment Law Project:

“From the very start of the nomination process, it was clear that fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder was unfit to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. Thanks to fierce opposition from a diverse group of Americans, including people deeply concerned about the treatment of workers and of women, enough senators came to the same realization, forcing Mr. Puzder’s withdrawal from the nomination.

“In nominating Mr. Puzder for labor secretary, President Trump chose for the department that champions workers someone whose views and values are not only antithetical to what workers want and need, but also out of step with mainstream America.

“Americans support raising the minimum wage, expanding eligibility for overtime pay, ensuring safe and healthy workplaces, extending affordable health care, protecting workers’ retirement savings, safeguarding the right to organize and bargain collectively, and creating good, family-sustaining jobs.

“On all of these issues, Mr. Puzder’s record was the exact opposite of where most Americans stand. His loss of support in the Senate mirrors his lack of support in the public.

“We urge President Trump to listen to the American people, remain mindful of the promises he made to working families during the campaign and in his inaugural address, and nominate a candidate for secretary of labor who will always put workers first and foremost.

“Any less, and the American people will once again say NO to a secretary who doesn’t speak for America’s workers.”

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  1. Interesting

    I wonder why the Repubiicans defected.

  2. Andrew Acosta was announced today.

    Resume includes NLRB, inter alia.

    • Here's the comment by National Employment Law Project on Acosta

      Compare and contrast with their comments on Puzder, above.

      “President Trump’s latest nominee for U.S. labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, deserves a thorough vetting on the issues that matter most to America’s workers. We’ll make sure he gets that vetting….

      “America’s workers deserve a labor secretary who’s on their side—one who supports raising the minimum wage, expanding eligibility for overtime pay, ensuring safe and healthy workplaces, extending affordable health care, protecting workers’ retirement savings, safeguarding the right to organize and bargain collectively, and creating good, family-sustaining jobs.

      “The prior nominee, fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder, failed because his words and deeds showed he was antithetical to the Labor Department’s fundamental mission to protect workers. For Mr. Acosta’s nomination to succeed, he must convince Americans that he is ready to uphold the Labor Department’s role in protecting workers and enforcing minimum wage, overtime, health and safety, and other workplace protections.

      “We will hold Mr. Acosta’s nomination to the high standard that applies to any nominee for Labor Secretary. If he is confirmed, we will hold him accountable for upholding his duty to serve as the nation’s chief advocate for workers, and for putting the interests of workers first and foremost.”

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