At Newark City Hall, Unions Bash Trump’s Pick to Head Labor

The scene today on the steps of Newark City Hall.

NEWARK – Amalgamated Transit Union Business Agent Ray Greaves showed up in front of City Hall here to throw a flurry of jabs, right hands, uppercuts and hooks in the direction  of President Donald J. Trump.

“He’s anti-labor, anti-immigrant and un-American,” said Greaves, amid a gaggle of his own union brothers and a larger collective of unions, among them Kevin Brown, New Jersey’s Service Employee International Union (SEIU) chief.

The labor troops turned out today, complete with Pete Seeger head-banging live soundtrack, to voice their displeasure with Trump’s choice for labor secretary: Andrew F. Puzder, described in a New York Times piece as having “a history of suppressing wages to an undocumented housekeeper to tales of marital strife that include a tape from the “Oprah Winfrey Show” of an incognito abuse victim.”

Four Republican senators have declined to commit to backing Puzder, according to the Times.

Veteran At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana added his presence to the rally, as did Councilman Eddie Osborne, a member of the Laborers Union.

Puzder didn’t last the day, as the Trump administration announced his candidacy withdrawal for U.S. Secretary of Labor.  Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food operations.

“We welcome the news that Trump’s “anti” labor nominee has folded under national pressure and public outcry.” said Analilia Mejia, Executive Director of New Jersey Working Families Alliance. “Mr. Trump’s nomination of an individual whom reportedly ranks highest amongst anti-worker bad actors, supported our assertions that this administration was more interested in bolstering the wealthy and well connected, instead of protecting the rights of working Americans everywhere.”

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