WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:
"Andrew Puzder's decision to withdraw his nomination to be Secretary of Labor is a victory for working people everywhere.
"As a restaurant executive, Mr. Puzder has been a vocal critic of the wage and labor regulations he would have been in charge of enforcing as Labor secretary. The fast-food restaurant chains Mr. Puzder oversees have had more federal discrimination lawsuits brought against them during his tenure than any other major restaurant chain, and they have been repeatedly found guilty by the Labor Department of violating overtime and safety laws.
"President Trump needs to consider his next selection for Secretary of Labor very thoughtfully and nominate someone who will fight to protect workers from discrimination and believes that all employees are entitled to fair wages and safe workplaces."
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.
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SOURCE American Federation of Government Employees