Trump’s new labor secretary could be fast food mogul

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A former St. Louisan and the head of CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee’s fast food chain, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of Labor.

Andrew Puzder has been an outspoken supporter of Trump and a critic of how Obamacare has impacted businesses.

In a recent tweet, Puzder said, “President-elect Trump’s victory means economic growth, jobs and a business friendly climate. We all win.”

Puzder opposes the $15 an hour minimum wage proposal. But union members like Antoinette Addison of the SEIU says workers making only the minimum wage must often work two or more jobs just to make ends meet.

“I would like to see someone in that position consider the cost of living that us working families have to deal with,” she said. “We’re not able to meet those costs because of the wages we’re making. That’s harsh reality not something a person is just making up; it’s just the facts.”

Trump said Puzder would benefit small businesses and save them “from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages.”

Pudzer said, “The President-elect believes, as do I, that the right government policies can result in more jobs and better wages for the American worker. I’m proud to be offered the chance to serve in his administration.”