Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Update: Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination for labor secretary.
Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s pick for labor secretary, is expected to withdraw his name from the nomination, a source close to the restaurant executive tells CBS News’ Major Garrett.
The source says he does not believe Puzder will appear for his confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee.
Asked why, the source said, “I think he’s very tired of the abuse.”
Another source working on Puzder’s confirmation preparation also told Garrett that the odds were about 80 percent that the CKE Restaurants executive would pull out of the nomination.
The news comes after days of intense scrutiny over Puzder’s fitness to lead the Labor Department and questionable support from Republican senators.
Puzder, who previously led the company that owns fast food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, came under fire earlier this month after reports that he and his wife had employed an undocumented immigrant for housework.
And Puzder’s past has also come under the microscope in recent days. Earlier this week, Politico unearthed a 1990 episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where Puzder’s ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, accused him of domestic abuse. Puzder has repeatedly denied the allegations and Fierstein recanted her accounts of abuse shortly after the episode aired.
Senior Senate GOP sources who were confident of Puzder’s nomination on Monday told Garrett they were now dialing back optimism, saying that there are serious “rumblings” about Republicans not backing Puzder and a very high probability Puzder will withdraw.
At least five Republicans in the Senate have not made public how they’ll vote on Puzder, CBS News’ John Nolen reports. Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Tim Scott of South Carolina -- all members of the Senate HELP committee -- have declined to state how they plan to vote until after Puzder’s hearing. (Most of the senators have indicated they don’t typically comment with their vote ahead of hearings.)
The White House declined to comment on the status of Puzder’s nomination.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
ITS BACK... Meetings at CGT this morning with the local drivers and this Monday with the Linehaul drivers. They were informed that if you have an event with the camera system they (safety) will determine if it is a safety issue you will have to go before a driver review committee where you will be judged not only on your event but they will take into consideration everything since your first day of employment. They say it's not a scorecard but what would you call it? Didn't they say we wouldn't be disciplined and only coached by the system. Well surprise surprise they are changing that stance. They LIED. Meetings will be held over the next few weeks to let everyone know. We don't even have cameras or eld's in our trucks in CLT. They have to negotiate how ours are used....
Monday, January 30, 2017
Trump's Pick for Labor Secretary Doesn't Think Workers Should Get Breaks
But this isn't some exotic new political creed introduced by Trump. It's warmed-over Republicanism.
TOM PHILPOTTDEC. 28, 2016 1:45 PM
The US Department of Labor exists to "foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners [and] job seekers," and to "improve working conditions" and "assure work-related benefits and rights." Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump's choice to lead the department, has not exactly embodied those values in his career as CEO of CKE Restaurants, parent company of fast-food chains Hardee's and Carl's Jr. He's a staunch and vocal opponent of minimum-wage hikes, and his company has had to pay out millions of dollars to settle overtime claims (more here).
And now, thanks to OC Weekly's Gabriel San Roman, we know what Puzder thinks of worker breaks. Spoiler: not much.
San Roman got to digging into the archives of Cal State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History, where he found a 2009 interview (not available online) with Puzder. According to San Roman, Puzder "complained about regulations and overtime laws, claiming workers are overprotected." San Roman adds, quoting from the interview:
"Have you ever been to a fast food restaurant and the employees are sitting and you're wondering, 'Why are they sitting?'" Puzder asked. "They are on what is called a mandatory break [emphasis his]." He shared a laugh with the interviewer, saying the so-called nanny state is why Carl's Jr. doesn't open up any new restaurants in California anymore.
Now, anointing a burger tycoon who openly disdains worker rights as labor secretary might seem like a quintessentially Trumpian move. But it's worth remembering that Puzder is very much an establishment Republican. A major donor to GOP political campaigns, he served as an economic adviser and spokesman for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign, and as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention and as chairman of the Platform Committee's Sub-Committee on the Economy, Job Creation, and the Debt.
In late 2014, as the 2016 presidential race was about to heat up, Puzder listed his top three choices for the Republican nomination: Romney, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (now Trump's choice to lead the Department of Energy), and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. That same year, Puzder and then-Gov.Perry even appeared together at a Carl's Jr. event in Austin, to roll out the burger chain's "Texas BBQ Thickburger" and raise funds for a veterans' charity, along with Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Ferguson. Puzder declared Perry "America's best governor."
And now they'll both be in the Cabinet. Trump ran hard against the GOP establishment, only to hand it the keys to power.