On Wednesday, Andy Puzder, former St. Louis lawyer and current chief executive of the fast food chain CKE Restaurants, withdrew his name for consideration to become the Trump administration’s next labor secretary.
Puzder, 66, had drawn opposition from a broad spectrum of Democratic-allied interests, including labor unions, who accused him of being hostile to higher wages and good working conditions, and women’s groups, who called his company’s hamburger ads sexist and who said that allegations of abuse by Puzder’s ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, should have disqualified him.
Puzder’s withdrawal was followed by cheers from low-wage workers across the country. In Kansas City, protesters said that their recent rallies achieved part of their goal when his name was withdrawn from consideration.
Although the National Retail Federation and the International Franchise Association said Puzder’s withdrawal was unfortunate, multiple organizations representing workers quickly issued press releases that echoed Hughes’ remarks, saying said it was time to nominate someone who would honor U.S. labor laws and protect workers.