President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Andy Puzder as his Labor Secretary according to multiple reports. Puzder is CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings which is the parent company of Hardee’s/Carl Jr. The CEO is an Affordable Care Act sceptic and prominent critic of a federal minimum wage avocet $9. The good picks keep coming.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Puzder, an adviser and contributor to Mr. Trump’s campaign, has criticized the Affordable Care Act and has argued against raising the federal minimum wage higher than $9 an hour. Democrats have called for raising the federal minimum wage for as high as $15.
Mr. Puzder is on the board of the International Franchise Association, a trade group that has criticized the Obama administration, saying it attacked the franchising model by implementing regulations that stunt job growth. Instead of focusing on stepping up workplace regulation to create jobs and higher wages, Mr. Puzder would likely call for tools such as an overhaul of the tax system, said Matt Haller, a spokesman for the franchise trade group.
The burger chains he oversees have a combined 3,750 locations in 44 states and 40 countries and U.S. territories. Mr. Puzder has served as chief executive officer of the company since September 2000. Long based in California, the company is in the process of consolidating its corporate headquarters in Nashville. Roark Capital owns CKE, having purchased the company from Apollo Global Management in December 2013.
Mr. Puzder has written opinion pieces for The Wall Street Journal on topics such as the negative effects of President Barack Obama’s health-care law and of broad increases in minimum wage.