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Trump’s Labor Chief: Workers Shouldn’t Have Breaks During Shifts

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Trump’s Labor Chief: Workers Shouldn’t Have Breaks During Shifts


The stated purpose of the US Department of Labor is that it 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.”

Donald Trump’s choice to lead the department, Andrew Puzder, is not a champion of those values by any stretch in his career as CEO of fast-food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. He’s a staunch and vocal opponent of minimum-wage hikes, and his companies have had to pay out millions of dollars to settle overtime claims, which you can read about here.

It gets worse, though. This is from a Mother Jones report on Puzder:

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.

Appointing a burger CEO who openly hates worker’s rights might seem like par for the course for Donald Trump, but a look into Puzder’s past reveals he’s very much an Establishment Republican.

Draining the swamp, Donald?¬† Of course he isn’t. He’s filling the swamp with Establishment Republicans and Wall Street insiders, the very people he spent an entire campaign railing against.


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