Opponents of President Donald Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, fast food CEO Andy Puzder, disrupted Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s franchises across America Monday, just days before Puzder’s confirmation hearing.
Dozens of protesters stormed a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in Oakland, Calif., Monday, interrupting the business at the lunch rush period. Members of the Service Employees International Union and the Fight for $15 movement were also present at the Monday protests, according to CBS San Francisco.
Protesters demanded a $15 minimum wage along with a call to block Puzder’s nomination. Puzder is a strong critic of the $15 minimum wage, arguing that it would expedite the replacement of low wage workers by automated machines.
Labor unions and Democrat Senators have targeted Puzder, attempting to directly link him to lawsuits filed against individual Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. franchises. (RELATED: Fight For $15 Movement Attempts To Tie Puzder To Unrelated Lawsuits)
Puzder’s message that a dramatic increase in the minimum wage actually hurts workers is already turning into a reality. McDonalds recently announced plans to install automated cashiers at U.S. locations as states like California and New York implement minimum wage increases. (RELATED: McDonalds To Install Automated Ordering Stations)
— Simon Pelletier (@SimonPelletie13) February 13, 2017
Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. workers defended Puzder during a hearing on Capitol Hill Jan.31, where one worker asserted that with 75,000 employees, “If you have thirty complaints, I think we’re doing great.”
Protesters also rallied outside of Hardee’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.
Fast food workers make their way into the lobby of Hardees headquarters during a protest in St. Louis on February 13, 2017. pic.twitter.com/RoNhMCmIdu
— WILLIAM GREENBLATT (@BILLGREENBLATT) February 13, 2017
One Twitter user took a video of protesters outside of Carl’s Jr.’s headquarters in Anaheim Calif., referring to them as “snowflakes.”
— Steve Dye (@dyebaseball) February 13, 2017
Puzder’s confirmation hearing, which has been postponed five times, is set for Feb. 16.
Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren has already sent a 28 page letter to Puzder, three days ahead of the hearing. (RELATED: Warren’s Attacks Come As Unions Flood Her With Campaign Cash)
The confirmation hearing is before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
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