Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) is pleased that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as the nominee for the United States Secretary of Labor. In January, ROC United produced a report that show poor wages, high rates of wage theft and sexual harassment at Puzder’s CKE Restaurants. Since, ROC United organized with over 100 allies like the Stop the Other NRA Coalition, the National Employment Law Project, Jobs with Justice, and the FIght for $15 to stand against Puzder and the trade lobby he champions, the National Restaurant Association.
Statement of Saru Jayaraman and Fekkak Mamdouh, Co-Directors and Co-Founders of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United):
“With today’s news that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn from consideration as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor, we encourage the Administration to choose a candidate who is committed to raising the minimum wage, eliminating the subminimum wage for tipped workers, and committed to protecting American workers. We call for qualified candidate whose interest lies with workers’ rights rather than corporate intersts. Today represents an extraordinary first step, and ROC United remains ever committed to winning fair wages and conditions for America’s 12 million restaurant workers.”
About Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has nearly 25,000 worker-members, 200 restaurant employer members, and several thousand consumer members in 15 states in the U.S.