‘Fight for $15’ protest against Trump’s labor pick in St. Pete

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A group of local cooks and cashiers in the ‘Fight for $15’ are protesting against Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee today. 

  • ‘Fight for $15’ protest against Trump’s labor pick 
  • Andy Puzder nominated to lead Department of Labor
  • Puzder known for preferring machines to workers 

Fast-food mogul Andy Puzder is preparing for his Senate confirmation hearing next week. 

The protest in St. Pete is one of 30 planned protests across the country and the second nationwide action this month. According to CNN, it has been a tough week for Puzder. CNN reported Monday that he was having “second thoughts” about leading the Department of Labor. A day later, he went on a twitter “blocking binge,” blocking SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, Fight for $15 accounts, as well as organizations advocating for underpaid workers.

Other reports came out this week, claiming Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s were hit with more federal employment discrimination lawsuits than any other major U.S. hamburger chain during Puzder’s time as CEO. Another reported claimed that low pay and lack of benefits at CKE costs taxpayers an estimated $247 million a year. Puzder is known for saying he prefers machines to workers because they “never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.” 

He also detailed his hiring practices to students at Westmont College at a 2011 address saying, “In fast food, you sort of compete for the best of the worst.” The St. Pete Fight for $15 protesters will carry signs that read “Puzder: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” And, “I am not a robot, and YES, I will sue if sexually harassed.” The protest started today at noon at a Hardee’s in St. Petersburg. 

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