Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2017) – ICAR, AFL-CIO, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Corporate Accountability Lab, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and the International Labor Rights Forum submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today regarding Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Department of Labor.
The Department of Labor is critically important to ensuring that Americans receive fair pay for safe and decent work, and the Secretary must be at the forefront of these efforts. Mr. Puzder’s statements and his track record of labor rights violations at CKE Restaurants while he was CEO demonstrate his lack of concern for the well-being of workers, and call into question his commitment to robust enforcement of labor laws and to protecting the rights of workers.
ICAR and co-signers call on the Committee to use the confirmation process to question Mr. Puzder extensively, and elicit views and commitments on the questions listed listed in the letter. However, ultimately, we believe that given Mr. Puzder’s track record, he is not a suitable candidate for Secretary of the Department of Labor, and therefore encourage the Committee to oppose his confirmation.
The letter can be downloaded here.