In a sign of what could be a dramatic shift in American labor policy, Politico’s “Morning Shift” publication has pegged Victoria Lipnic, who helped oversee the 2004 overtime regulations, union-busting Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, and restaurant CEO Andy Puzder as the names to watch for as Labor Secretary.
U.S. labor policy has served to exasperate many business owners of late. Under President Barack Obama, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez has pushed a progressive labor agenda and rallied around efforts like the “Fight for 15.”
All three of these rumored candidates would probably be an improvement over Secretary Perez in the eyes of many employers, yet Puzder could make for an especially interesting candidate for the nation’s community of restaurateurs.
Currently serving as the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which is the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Puzder has been one of the most vocal critics of the minimum wage increases sweeping the country – often writing in the Wall Street Journal and appearing on Fox Business News as a guest commentator.
While these candidates are still only rumored at this point, their presence will likely be welcomed by business owners. From small businesses to large corporations, job-creators have been saddled with an ever-increasing burden in recent years, and the telegraphing of a pro-business agenda is a sight for sore eyes