Why: Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO, Andrew Puzder is a major financial Trump supporter (he and his wife gave Trump over $300,000) *and* Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor. Being a major financial supporter is enough but Puzder is opposed to nearly everything the Department of Labor strives to preserve or move forward:
— Puzder is against increasing the minimum wage
— Puzder is opposed to policies that would allow more workers to be eligible for overtime pay
— Puzder is opposed to sick leave for federal contractors
— Puzder is against large corporations being required to provide healthcare benefits to employees
The New York Times reports:
“As labor secretary, Mr. Puzder would oversee the federal apparatus that investigates violations of minimum wage, overtime and worker safety laws and regulations. According to a Labor Department database, many Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. stores have been investigated over the past 15 years, and some have been fined or ordered to pay back wages …”
If all of that isn’t enough, here are two more “fun facts” about Andrew Puzder:
— He believes that the future of fast food is automation. In replacing workers with robots. Because they don’t get tired, don’t take sick days, and don’t file reports of discrimination or abuse. He is actively invested in technology that will eliminate jobs. How will this man help add jobs to the economy (which is what will drive economic growth)?
— His ads objectify women and he is not the list bit willing to reconsider how he markets his company’s products. In fact, he has gone on record as saying, “I like our ads; I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.” How will this man protect the rights of working American women?
How is this man going to protect the interests of labor? Of the average working American? Especially some of the the most vulnerable to exploitation, lowest-paid, hardest-working Americans?
How: Easy. Don’t buy any food from Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s. You have literally a zillion other options.
INvest: Eat at local, non-chain restaurants, cafes, food trucks, etc. Many are as/more affordable than chain restaurants. You’ll probably get a better quality meal, meet some neighbors, support local business owners in your community (if the restaurant has employees, you’ll be helping keep jobs in your community), support the local economy (most of the money made by a local restaurant will be spent in your community by the owner(s) and employees).