For Immediate Release - February 15, 2017

AG Healey’s Statement on Andrew Puzder Withdrawing Nomination for Labor Secretary

BOSTON – Attorney General Maura Healey today issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor:

“I am relieved that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his name from consideration to be Secretary of Labor. Over decades, our office has worked in close partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor to protect the rights of our workers, maintain safe and healthy workplaces, and ensure a level playing field for employers that follow the rules. Unfortunately, Mr. Puzder had established himself as an opponent of basic worker protections and appears to have advantaged his company at the expense of more responsible employers. We need a Labor Secretary who is committed to partnering with the states to uphold and enforce federal labor laws, not one with a track record of flagrantly violating them.  

I urge President Trump to select a new Secretary of Labor nominee who will work with me and my fellow attorneys general to ensure workers receive the wages they are owed and stay safe on the job. Employees in Massachusetts and across this country deserve nothing less.”