The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) issued a letter on Thursday demanding President Trump rescind his nomination of Andrew Puzder to lead the Labor Department.
The AFL-CIO is drawing attention to the fact that Puzder once hired an illegal immigrant as his housekeeper.
Earlier this week, Puzder acknowledged the fact that he had hired a woman of undocumented status but claims he was not aware of it at the time of her hiring.
Puzder also claims he fired her when discovering this information and, appropriately, paid back taxes due, as a result.
Regardless, the AFL-CIO addressed the following to the Trump administration in its letter:
“The undersigned call on the Trump administration to withdraw the nomination of Mr. Puzder at once, and find a suitable nominee who shows proper respect for working people and our nation’s employment laws.
Mr. Puzder is an experienced attorney and a CEO of a major fast-food chain, so he cannot plausibly claim ignorance of his legal obligations as an employer. We already have ample cause to doubt Mr. Puzder’s fitness for the job as Secretary of Labor, and this latest news confirms our view that he should not be confirmed.”
Those who signed the letter in concurrence with the AFL-CIO include the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Communications Workers of America, United Steelworkers (USW), Fight for $15, Good Jobs Nation, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In total, approximately 130 liberal-leaning labor groups signed the formal declaration.
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