December 8, 2016
ATLANTA – Today, President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced the selection of CKE Restaurants CEO and Job Creators Network Member Andy Puzder as the next Secretary of Labor. Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, issued the following statement:
The selection of Andy Puzder as the next Labor Secretary is a win for job creators and the 85 million people in the country who owe their livelihoods to small businesses. Puzder not only understands job creation but is a proven job creator himself, with over 3,000 restaurant franchises in the country that collectively employ over 75,000 people. Puzder’s understanding of labor markets and job creation stand in stark contrast to the existing Labor Department, which has taken a hostile approach to small business job creators with its support for dramatic minimum wage and overtime exemption increases, a joint-employer mandate, a blacklisting rule, and mandatory paid time off regulations (to name a few). Puzder is an ideal pick to reverse this overzealous regulation because he understands that economic freedom and a light regulatory burden are the best ways to improve the job market, grow the economy, and raise wages. The Job Creators Network and American small businesses congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump for doubling-down on his job creation mandate by putting a proven job creator at the helm of the Labor Department.