Why millennials should support Andrew Puzder’s nomination for Labor

Andy Puzder said he was honored to be nominated and that he and Trump share a belief that the right policies can “result in more jobs and better wages for the American worker.” - AP Photo

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Confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Labor have been delayed indefinitely. Millennials should rally and support the confirmation of business executive Andrew Puzder, whose policies, if confirmed, will benefit millennials.

Puzder’s Senate Oversight Committee confirmation hearing is on hold due to trouble with filing his ethics paperwork. As the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., he has been a successful and pragmatic businessman. For example, he is against raising the minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour or imposing burdensome regulations is detrimental to businesses and cuts the number of jobs available.

“When the minimum wage rises, employers will adjust. They will use less labor,” economist David Henderson said in a YouTube video for conservative channel Prager University. “They’ll fire current employees or cut back on their hours.”

Henderson added this would also hurt prospective employees.

“Businesses will hire fewer workers, especially those with little or no job experience,” he said. “Suppose you’re young and haven’t worked many jobs before. Maybe you’ve never had a job and are trying to land your first one.”

Henderson’s words have been proven to be reality. The unemployment rate for African Americans between 16 and 19 years-old is 25 percent. Latino youth unemployment is at 15.6 percent, while white youth unemployment is at 13.9 percent.

Although Puzder acknowledged that automation can replace workers and said, “They’re always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex or race discrimination case,” automation is a reality like globalization.

Technological advances have existed at least since the Industrial Revolution. Millennials need to realize minimum wage jobs which can be eventually replaced with robots are not meant to be sustainable. Nonetheless, Puzder is not calling for all minimum wage jobs to be immediately replaced with robots, so millennials starting their career in a minimum-wage position should not be worried.

If Puzder is finally confirmed, millennials will benefit from someone who fully knows the labor market and what it takes to create jobs.


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