President Trump’s Labor Secretary Choice Outsourced Jobs
The pick President Donald Trump made as his Secretary of Labor outsourced jobs in the technology department of his fast food business in the Philippines. This move contradicts the vow by Trump to keep jobs in the United States.
Trump has threatened, lashed out and attempted to charm companies in the U.S. that have even contemplated moving some jobs overseas. He says he is sticking up for workers in America who have not felt the economic recovery.
A filing with the Department of Labor by the company of Andrew Puzder and an acknowledgement by a company spokesperson that CKE maintains its IT operation in the Philippines shows a contradiction raised by this nomination.
Congressional Democrats and allies are rushing in so they can exploit the record of Puzder on minimum wage increases and rules for overtime, as they are questioning how he would advocate for the American worker.
Trump said he would put the American worker first. However, it appears more and more this might not be the complete truth and that was seen clearly through his nomination for Labor Secretary, said U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the senior Democrat of the committee that will consider the nomination of Puzder February 7.
CKE Restaurants Inc the company operated by Puzder notified the U.S. government during August of 2010 that it would outsource its division of restaurant information technology to the Philippines.
In doing so, the U.S. agency said, contributed to layoffs for both employees of CKE and those of a staffing firm in California.
The findings by the agency made workers eligible for benefits from the federal government to lessen the impact the employees had from globalization.
The company earlier this week in a prepared statement said that by outsourcing the tech division to a company that employs many specialists, CKE was able to improve its quality of service in its restaurants.
Nothing is illegal or uncommon about the decision by CKE to move the help desk overseas or to lay off workers.
Washington Senator Murray said that the filing that showed jobs outsourced to the Philippines was another troubling example of U.S. workers squeezed by businesses under the leadership of Andrew Puzder.
Trump, in his first week as President, warned he would place a significant tax at the border on companies that manufactured outside the U.S.
He has promised as well to give tax advantages to businesses that product their products domestically.