Trump's pick for labor secretary is huge disappointment

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By picking Andrew Puzder to be secretary of labor, President-elect Donald Trump makes a mockery of his repeated promises to stand up for the little guy, to fight for working families, to create good jobs and a booming economy, and he puts the Department of Labor—which was created to help workers—squarely in the hands of the titans of corporate America, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

"As CEO of CKE Restaurants—a massive conglomerate whose properties include Carl's Jr. and Hardee's—Puzder outsourced key jobs overseas, planned to replace workers with machines to avoid paying benefits, repeatedly and loudly opposed raising the minimum wage, paid union-busting firms to stop his own workers from forming a union, and opposes the Affordable Care Act because it requires that he provide high-quality healthcare for his employees," Weingarten says.

"Considering Trump's own record—buying cheap, overseas steel and aluminum for his properties and putting Americans out of work; saying wages are 'too high'; fighting tooth and nail to stop his workers in Las Vegas from forming a union; stiffing small-business owners; and pledging to take healthcare from 20 million Americans by repealing the ACA—it's clear that he and Puzder are cut from the same cloth.

"While this comes as no surprise, it is deeply disappointing. After a long campaign of promising to return prosperity and good jobs to struggling families, this pick makes it clear that Trump won't drain the swamp—he'll fill it with worse and worse kinds of slime."