Kansas City and St. Louis fast-food cooks, cashiers and labor supporters rallied Thursday in protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. secretary of labor.
Trump’s pick, who faces Senate confirmation hearings, is St. Louis native Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. and Green Burrito. Hardee’s currently makes its headquarters in St. Louis, but it is moving to Nashville.
In St. Louis, protestors gathered Thursday outside of Hardee’s headquarters downtown, questioning whether the fast food CEO would really represent workers’ interests. They then walked a couple of blocks to stand in front of a Hardee’s restaurant.
In Kansas City, several dozen fast food workers and labor supporters rallied at a local Hardee’s restaurant, carrying signs with slogans such as “#Not Our Labor Sec.” and “Puzder is bad for America.”
Puzder, who has been CEO of CKE since 2000, has been a vocal critic of raising the minimum wage to $15 or even up to $10. As labor secretary, Puzder would be in charge of upholding federal labor laws and regulations.