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MFV Reaction to Nomination of Andrew Puzder to Lead the Department of Labor

12.09.2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 9, 2016

 

Contact:

Anna Castro | annac@mifamiliavota.org | 619.228.5332

MFV Reaction to Nomination of Andrew Puzder to Lead the Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota:

“The news that Andrew Puzder, a staunch opponent to raising the minimum wage, was tapped to run the Department of Labor, is a clear indication that President-elect Donald Trump will not deliver on his promise to protect America’s workers.

From the Fight for $15 to advocating for paid family leave and sick days, Mi Familia Vota is a part of national and local coalitions, campaigns, and mobilizations advocating for workers’ rights. This year, we celebrated Arizona and Colorado voters demanding and winning an increase to the minimum wage.

While momentum has grown over the last couple of years to update our national laws and provide more workers with access to paid leave, there are still many workers without access to a single paid sick day. This burden weighs most heavily on low-income workers and Latinos who are often employed in jobs that do not offer paid leave.

With Puzder at the helm of the Department of Labor, we can expect that the existing protections will be rolled back. It is truly shocking that Puzder is now going to run a department that repeatedly brings complaints against his business for violating wage and hour laws. What else can be expect from President-elect Donald Trump, who spent his Wednesday night attacking Chuck Jones, President of United Steelworkers 1999?”

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