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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Blasts Trump’s Anti-Jobs, Anti-Family, and Anti-Worker Labor Secretary Pick

WASHINGTON - Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to news that President-elect Donald Trump intends to nominate the anti-family, anti-worker, and anti-jobs CEO of a fast food chain, Andy Puzder, to lead the Department of Labor:

“Andy Puzder wants nothing more than to cut jobs, wages, and benefits. When he’s not defending himself from lawsuits from his employees, he’s advocating for replacing them with robots.

This man is an opponent of jobs that make America great and put food on the table.  He opposes fair wages, he opposes overtime pay, he opposes sick days, and he opposes health care benefits—all of which have a great impact on working class families, communities of color, and women. 

When the Department of Labor conducted an investigation of fast food restaurants, more than half of Puzder’s restaurants in the study were in violation of labor laws.  This man is clearly unqualified to enforce these same laws. 

You can be pro-business without being anti-worker. With this nomination, President-elect Trump is making clear that he doesn’t understand that difference.”


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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.

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