Press Statement

NCLR Expresses Deep Concern about Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder’s Track Record on America’s Workers

December 9, 2016

Contacts:
Enrique Chaurand
echaurand@nclr.org
(202) 776-1784

Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, DC—NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today announced its opposition to the nomination of CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder as the next U.S. secretary of labor.

“President-elect Donald Trump is entitled to choose who he wants for his Cabinet, but it is also true that the Department of Labor’s charge is ‘to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.’ It is difficult to reconcile that core mission with Andrew Puzder’s track record,” noted Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO.

“Puzder’s past pronouncements show disregard and even contempt for workers and their welfare, and retrograde and demeaning views of women. He strongly opposes common-sense measures to improve wages for America’s workers. His company and its franchisees have been riddled with violations of labor laws covering their workers, many of whom are Latino and Latina,” continued Murguía.

“Much has been made of the president-elect’s support among working-class Americans, yet he has nominated someone who has repeatedly called into question the value of those workers. We expect the Senate to do its duty and thoroughly interrogate Mr. Puzder on all these issues at the upcoming nomination hearings,” concluded Murguía.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.