Puzder Out: Fast Food CEO Drops Nomination to Head Labor Dept.

Fast-food CEO Andy Puzder, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Labor Department, withdrew his nomination Wednesday afternoon.

“While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the President and his highly qualified team,” Puzder said in a statement.

An unnamed source close to Puzder said to CBS News ahead of his formal statement that it was unlikely he would sit for his Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for Thursday because “I think he’s very tired of the abuse.”

RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, welcomed the news on Twitter, writing, “Puzder felt abused? Try working for him!”

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His nomination drew fierce opposition, as fast food workers have said the stores he oversees, including Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., have engaged in wage theft, discrimination, and sexual harassment. Current and former Labor Department employees also charged in a letter that Puzder has made “derisive public comments about his restaurants’ employees and other low-wage workers.”

Given his opposition to worker protections, said Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter, “Installing him as Labor Secretary would have had extremely negative consequences for the safety of poultry workers and USDA inspectors who have had to endure intolerable conditions in plants that have been under investigation by OSHA.”

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