President-elect Trump has named Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary.
As a person who spent more than twenty years in the restaurant industry (prior to becoming an educator), I find this to be an exciting pick. The restaurant industry is not for the faint of heart; this is why this selection is so dynamic. Puzder is from this industry; he is the CEO of CKE Restaurants. CKE Restaurants is the parent company of Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito and Hardee’s/Red Burrito. Andy Puzder is credited with bringing Carl’s Jr. back from almost imminent death. He also helped negotiate the deal, which allowed the restaurant’s founder, Carl Karcher, maintain controlling interest. After CKE’s acquisition of Hardee’s, they struggled again. They hired on Andy Puzder as CEO. This was a wonderful decision for the struggling company. Andy Puzder pulled them from the brink of failure. His success with CKE is just one of his many talents.
Mr. Puzder Is Highly Recognized.
According to his blog, “Andy Puzder’s Blog”, he has received many awards. In 2010, the International Food Service Manufacturers Association awarded Puzder with the Food Service Operator of the Year Silver Plate Award in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the food service industry. In 2009, Puzder was named Coach Arts Man of the Year. Puzder earned the Golden Chain Award in 2008 from Nation’s Restaurant News, in honor of his accomplishments and career achievements as a multi-unit food service executive. In 2013, he was elected as a director of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors. Puzder is a National Council Co-Chair of the American Enterprise Institute. He is also a published author and public speaker. While he is very accomplished, he is not without his critics.
Liberals Are Not Happy About Mr. Puzder On Minimum Wage
In an interview with Hugh Hewitt, he explains his position on the 15 dollar an hour minimum wage. He explains that there is a big difference in companies. He gives an example of businesses on the Fortune 500, “Apple did $39.5 billion in business last year, and only has 97,000 employees. So they made about $407,000 dollars per employee, which gives you a lot of latitude to increase wages, if you want to do so.” He went on to explain that the retail segment on the Fortune 500 employs 5.8 million people. These retailers make about $6000 per employee. He explains that raising minimum wage to $ 15 an hour then those employers will lose $6000 per employee. He is not for an across the board minimum wage increase because it impacts businesses differently.