Elected president Donald Trump is set to select Andrew F. Puzder to be his Secretary of Labor.
Andrew’s career in the private sector has seen him reject attempts to expand eligibility for overtime payment, claiming that major minimum wage increases negatively affect small businesses and will result in the loss of job positions for low-skilled employees.
He is also against Obamacare which he asserts has helped make a “restaurant recession” since increasing premiums have left middle and working-class citizens with less money to dine out.
The ads that Puzder’s firms run to popularize his restaurants often feature women almost completely naked. “I like our ads,” he said to the publication Entrepreneur. “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.”
However, Trump is vouching, and is simultaneously taking a chance, that the rich CEO will be a strong proponent for the working class.
Back in 2012, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Puzder’s firm revealed that his initial salary was more than $1 million. “Annual base salaries should be competitive and create a measure of financial security for our executive officers,” the filing read.
A lot of people who support the increase of minimum wage say that it is important to provide a measure of financial protection for common workers.
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