Trump appoints fast-food executive for Labour Dept

'Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor, ' Trump said in the release. He helped Carl's Jr. founder Carl Karcher avoid bankruptcy and keep a stake in CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc.in a sale Puzder arranged.

As Labor Secretary, Puzder could potentially decide not to defend the rule in court. He could also propose revisions to the rule, but any adjustments would likely require notice and public comment. Trump is expected to nominate Puzder as secretary of labor. He and his wife, Deanna, contributed a total of $332,000 to helping Trump get elected, including money given to Trump's campaign, to joint fundraising committees and to the Republican National Committee, according to the Federal Election Commission.

"Mr. Puzder would provide welcome relief for the small business community that has had to endure years of regulatory assault".

Puzder's recently expressed keen interest in automation: replacing fast-food workers with technology.

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"Mr. Puzder is a respected business leader who understands how excessive regulation can destroy jobs and make it harder for family incomes to rise", said Sen.

Robert Cresanti, president of the International Franchise Association, an industry group, praised Puzder in a statement as an "exceptional choice" who would bring "business experience and policy acumen on so many issues impacting employers and employees".

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Puzder opposes raising the federal minimum wage, which is now $7.25, telling Business Insider that government mandates will only increase automation.

Democrats and their allies have been critical of the Californian's appointment.

Fast-food workers, who are largely not unionised, are engaged in a multi-year campaign known as the "Fight for $15", which is supported by labor unions, to raise minimum wages to $15 an hour. Charles Schumer told USA Today.

"As a Missouri lawyer, Puzder was an architect of legislation to dismantle Roe v. Wade and deny women access to abortion care", Ness adds.

In 1997, he was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for CKE Restaurants, and in 2000, he became president and CEO of CKE Restaurants. The company is relocating its headquarters from the beach-side town about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Los Angeles to the lower-cost Nashville, Tennessee, area - a move that's expected to be completed in 2017.

Back in 1989 when the allegations first hit the local newspapers in St. Louis, Puzder denied all the claims of abuse and told reporters the allegations were "baseless".

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