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News from EPI President Trump should nominate a labor secretary who will look out for working people

This afternoon, it was reported that Andrew Puzder will withdraw his nomination to be secretary of labor. This is welcome news for working people. It was abundantly clear from Mr. Puzder’s rhetoric opposing basic labor laws and regulations that protect workers’ rights and wages, as well as his record of violating those laws as an employer, that he was ill-suited for the role of chief advocate for working people. Americans need a labor secretary who respects the rule of law, who will work to raise wages and uphold basic labor protections like the minimum wage, paid leave, safe workplaces, and overtime pay. President Trump should nominate someone who will look out for working people, not the profits of big business or the incomes of the 1 percent.

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