President-Elect Donald Trump expected to nominate fast food executive Andy Puzder as his secretary of labor. Puzder a vocal critic of government intervention in the labor market, including the high-profile Fight for 15 movement seeking to raise wages for fast food workers to $15 an hour. Amanda Becker is on the story.
Worker advocacy groups and labor unions are already saying that this is kind of an early warning sign that Trump is going to backtrack on a lot of promises he made to workers. There's been a big push over the past few years within the fast food industry. They've worked in tandem with labor unions to have this fight for a higher minimum wage across the country.
And he has been a vocal opponent of all of that. He didn't even support a $10 minimum wage a couple of years ago. He says that it will just cause restaurants to close and all the workers will lose their jobs.>> Puzder has also come under fire for his restaurant's racy TV ads.
>> Going all natural.>> As a fast food executive, he was criticized for ads that showed scantily clad women eating hamburgers and other items in some of their television ads. And that of course is creating additional criticism today now that his name has surfaced as a Labor Department pick.
He's being accused by worker's rights groups of being misogynist, of being sexist. And then being suggested to head the agency that polices those behaviors in the workplace.>> Trump has vowed to bring back jobs and renegotiate trade deals, but has opposed unions in his own empire and has been vague about his position on workers' wages.
At times seeming to support raising the minimum wage, and at other times, not. Puzder staunchly supported Trump during the election, even writing an op-ed for CNBC's website, arguing why a Trump presidency would be good for business.