Oakland Carl’s Jr. Targeted By Protesters Who Oppose Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder
By Jay Barmann
As you may have heard, among Donald Trump's atrocious, government-despising cabinet nominees is Carl's Jr./Hardee's CEO Andrew Puzder, a man reportedly opposed to hikes in the minimum wage, and whose company has been implicated in retaliating against workers who tried to organize for better wages. His nomination may indeed be in jeopardy for some other reasons — namely that he's admitted to employing an undocumented housekeeper, and now Oprah's come after him with old tape of an ex-wife accusing him of domestic violence — but on Monday in Oakland about five dozen labor activists entered a Carl's Jr. at 3770 Telegraph Avenue to disrupt business and call attention to Puzder's poor record on labor.
As CBS 5 reports, protesters included workers at other Carl's Jr. locations, like Connie Betancourt, who has worked at the Alameda location for 14 years. She told the station that she often works six days a week but only gets paid for five, accusing the company of wage theft. Another worker at a San Jose location says she is forced to work through her government-mandated break time.
Kathryn Lybarger, the outspoken president of the California Labor Federation and also president of the state's largest employee union, Local 3299, gave a statement on Puzder saying, "He doesn't believe the people behind the counter are worth anything, but they're the ones making him his money. He's depending on people's poverty. And this is the guy who's supposed to be in charge of workers in the country."
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