President-elect Donald Trump effectively crushed the “Fight for $15” crowd Thursday by announcing his intention to nominate fast-food executive Andrew Puzder to serve as the head of the Labor Department.
As reported by The Washington Post, Puzder has been a longtime critic of efforts to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour.
He also reportedly opposed President Barack Obama’s recently blocked overtime rule, which analysts had warned would negatively affect businesses that run on tight budgets and could not afford to pay significant amounts of overtime.
If approved by the Senate, Puzder’s appointment as secretary of labor could be a huge boon to businesses across the nation. The New York Times explained that in this role the veteran businessman “would oversee the federal apparatus that investigates violations of minimum wage, overtime and worker safety laws and regulations.”
This would permit him to rid the government of at least some of the regulation that has prevented businesses both small and large from achieving success in Obama’s abysmal economy.
But this did not mean that those employees who sought better working conditions were completely out of luck.
“His position on the minimum wage is more nuanced than people want to give him credit for,” Matthew Haller, senior vice president for public affairs and communications at the International Franchise Association, told The Times.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s middle ground,” he added. “He’s a business person, a deal maker.”
He was, in effect, someone willing to look at both sides of every issue.
“Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor,” President-elect Trump himself explained in a statement, according to ABC News.
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