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NEA President comments on the nomination of Andrew F. Pudzer

WASHINGTON - December 08, 2016 -

President-Elect Donald Trump today nominated Andrew F. Pudzer to head the U.S. Department of Labor.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection of Andrew F. Pudzer to lead the U.S. Department of Labor again shows how out of touch he is with what ails American working families. Trump promised to stand with families, bring back jobs, restore the middle class, and get the nation on stronger economic footing.

“With Andrew Pudzer at the helm, the incoming Trump administration is abandoning its campaign promises and, instead, is signaling its intention to systematically dismantle worker protections that support working families. Like Trump, Pudzer has an abysmal track record of undermining the very workers on whom he has relied to build his business empire. In addition to outsourcing their jobs and opposing raising the minimum wage, Pudzer would replace people with machines. Not only does this hurt families but it takes away the dignity of their work. That’s not what Trump campaigned on.

“Given Trump’s track record of nominating billionaires who would replace proven government programs and supports with top down capitalism run amok, this nomination comes as no surprise. It’s again a stark indication that the only interests this administration will serve are those of billionaires, not those of working families.

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