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·         Exclusive: President Trump's Pick for Labor Secretary Plans to Bow Out

·         Did Oprah Sink Trump’s Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder?


·         The Exit of Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Has Disappointed These Industry Execs



Exclusive: President Trump's Pick for Labor Secretary Plans to Bow Out


Charlotte Alter & Zeke J Miller, TIME

Feb 15, 2017


President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder, plans to withdraw his nomination, a senior Administration official told TIME.


The withdrawal would come after a week of scrutiny of decades-old abuse allegations from Puzder’s ex-wife, which she has since retracted.


Lisa Henning, who now goes by Lisa Fierstein, alleged in 1988 divorce filings that Puzder physically assaulted her in 1986, resulting in “severe and permanent” injuries including “bruises and contusions to the chest, back, shoulders and neck” and two ruptured discs that caused her to seek medical attention, according to records of the divorce obtained by TIME.


Henning also appeared in disguise to discuss her experience in a 1990 Oprah episode about domestic violence. Henning said her ex-husband (whom she does not name in the tape) “vowed revenge” when she made the abuse allegations public, according to a copy of the tape obtained by POLITICO.


“Remember my ex-husband was a public figure. Everyone knew him and knew what he was doing,” Henning said in the Oprah interview. "And once I made that public, he vowed revenge, he said 'I'll see you in the gutter, this will never be over, you will pay for this.'"


Puzder also came under scrutiny last week for employing an undocumented immigrant to clean his home. He said in a statement that he had not known the housekeeper was undocumented, and that once he found out, he and his wife immediately fired her and offered her help to get legal status.


Puzder has been widely criticized by unions and worker’s rights organizations...


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Did Oprah Sink Trump’s Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder?


by Michelle Ruiz, VOGUE

February 15, 2017


In the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation this week (and the ensuing bombshell suggestion of possible collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign), yet another scandal is unfolding around a Trump administration pick: Labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, whose Senate confirmation hearings had been slated for tomorrow, and who is expected to withdraw this afternoon. The CEO of CKE Restaurants (the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), Puzder came under fire this week over a 1990 The Oprah Winfrey Show tape in which his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, alleged he abused her.


Footage from the vintage Oprah episode, entitled “High-Class Battered Women,” features Fierstein, disguised by dark glasses and a wig, telling the audience that Puzder “vowed revenge” against her after her after she filed for divorce in 1987. “ ‘I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this,’ ” Fierstein recounted Puzder's alleged threat to Winfrey, according to a report by Politico, which has obtained a tape. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Puzder was not yet a CEO, but a prominent attorney and anti-abortion advocate in Missouri. “Most men who are in positions like that don't leave marks,” Fierstein reportedly told Winfrey. "They never hit you in the face. They’re too smart. They don’t hit you in front of everyone.”


In divorce documents, Fierstein alleged Puzder had “assaulted and battered me by striking me violently about the face, chest, back, shoulders, and neck, without provocation or cause,” caused injuries, including “bruises and contusions to the chest, back, shoulders, and neck” and “two ruptured discs and two bulging discs.” Puzder has denied Fierstein’s allegations, and Fierstein later retracted her claims during the couple’s child custody agreement. Representatives for Winfrey’s company shared the tape with members of the Senate this week, and Puzder’s confirmation soon became imperiled:


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The Exit of Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Has Disappointed These Industry Execs


The Associated Press

via Fortune - Feb 16, 2017


Fast food's hopes for representation in President Donald Trump's cabinet have been at least temporarily dashed, a major setback for an industry that has felt under siege in recent years.


Andrew Puzder, CEO of the company that owns Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, on Wednesday withdrew his nomination to head the Labor Department, which is charged with protecting workers' rights and welfare. A significant factor was a lack of support from some Senate Republicans, in part over taxes he only recently paid on a former housekeeper not authorized to work in the United States.


Labor groups and advocates criticized Puzder's comments about replacing workers with robots and his opposition to significant wage hikes, but industry executives and fast food franchisees saw him as a figure who would champion their interests in the government.


"I don't necessarily know that we've been heard," said Cicely Simpson, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association, a trade group that had strongly backed Puzder's nomination.


Puzder had said that businesses were suffering under President Barack Obama's administration, citing the health care overhaul that required employers to offer insurance coverage for full-time workers. Another change Puzder criticized would have expanded the number of employees eligible for overtime pay — a change that has since been blocked by a federal judge...