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News Wednesday, Feb 15 2017

BREAKING: Nomination of Trump’s Labor Secretary In Jeopardy

Feb 15, 2017

Several Senate Republicans now reportedly oppose President Trump’s choice of Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary, putting his nomination in danger one day before his confirmation hearing is set to begin. Puzder has proven to be a controversial choice due to his employment of an undocumented immigrant, allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife on the Oprah Winfrey show, and his reputation for creating a workplace environment riddled with sexual harassment and unfair wage practices.

“Donald Trump should listen to the people and immediately pull his nomination of Andy Puzder,” said American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah. “Puzder made his millions by ripping off his employees and he cannot be trusted to stand up for American workers as Labor Secretary.”

Here’s what Senate Democrats and Republicans are reading before tomorrow’s hearing:

Politico: Exclusive: Puzder’s ex-wife told Oprah he threatened ‘you will pay for this’
“The ex-wife of President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee told “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that he “vowed revenge” when she made public spousal abuse allegations, according to a 1990 tape reviewed by POLITICO on Tuesday night.”

USA TodayAndrew Puzder acknowledges employing undocumented worker
“President Donald Trump’s choice to become labor secretary acknowledged Monday that he employed an undocumented immigrant for years, an admission that has derailed other cabinet nominees in the past. Andrew Puzder admitted in a statement released late Monday that he had hired an undocumented household worker for years.”

The Guardian: Restaurants run by labor secretary nominee report ‘disturbing’ rates of sexual harassment
“Two-thirds of female fast food workers at restaurants operated by Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s controversial nomination for US labor secretary, experienced sexual harassment at work, a rate much higher than the industry average, a stinging advocacy survey has claimed.”

AP: Trump’s nominee for labor secretary outsourced jobs to the Philippines
“The fast-food empire run by President Donald Trump’s pick for Labor secretary outsourced its technology department to the Philippines, a move that runs counter to Trump’s mantra to keep jobs in the United States.”

Daily Beast: Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick, Andrew Puzder, Is Swamped in His Own Workplace Lawsuits
“In his time there, Puzder’s CKE has been accused of  discriminating against a female applicant with a disability; having general managers “on call 24 hours a day” without overtime pay;  failing to reimburse general managers for work-related expenses; allowing a work environment in which sexual harassment was permitted; and being a workplace that did not provide sufficient safety gear to prevent severe burns during cooking.”

Published: Feb 15, 2017

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