President-elect Donald Trump wants Andrew Puzder, the CEO of Hardee's and Carl’s Jr, to be the new Secretary of Labor. Puzder is against raising minimum wage, fiercely anti-union, and a strong advocate for “trickle down” economics. That makes sense. The average full time Hardee's worker makes $15,130 a year. Meanwhile, Andrew Puzder made $17,162....... a day!
Puzder will fit right into the new administration. In addition to its rampant poverty wages, Hardee's ads have been criticized for objectifying women. When asked about this, Puzder said “I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American.”
We can fight back, but we need your help. Can you pitch in $15 a month to help us expand the movement for a $15/hr minimum wage and fight back against greedy CEO’s like Puzder, who will use their position to ensure the status quo of poverty wages and the gender pay gap remain unchanged?
Let’s be clear that low-wage workers pushed $15/hr on the agenda in the first place, and it’s going to take a powerful movement of low-wage workers to fight back against people like Trump and Andrew Puzder. That starts by passing $15/hr wherever we can, especially in cities like Minneapolis, which has 17 Fortune 500 corporations and the worst racial and economic inequalities in the country.
Puzder claims that paying people a living wage will be an added regulatory cost that businesses will have to offset by increasing unemployment, which data clearly shows is not the case. According to a recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the city of Seattle, which passed a $15 ordinance almost 2 years ago, hit a new cycle low of 3.4% unemployment.
When people like Trump and Puzder say “make America great again”, they mean to make their billionaire buddies richer at the expense of working people. We can’t wait for Trump’s team to put forth “trickle down” policies that will only benefit people like Trump and their colleagues. We need to build mass movements to fight against right-wing attacks and for working people, and that can start with Minneapolis winning a $15/hr minimum wage.
Save the date! Join 15 Now Minnesota at our next member meeting on Saturday, January 14, to discuss fighting for $15/hr under a Trump presidency, and help build mass protests on January 20, the day of Trump’s Inauguration.