VICTORY! Andrew Puzder withdraws from nomination as Trump’s Secretary of Labor.
Together, we said no to Andrew Puzder! In December, President Donald Trump nominated Andrew Puzder, a fast-food company CEO with a record of labor violations to head the Department of Labor. After the announcement, the Food Chain Workers Alliance, the Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Labor (HEAL) Food Alliance and over 100 food, farm and labor organizations joined forces and worked extensively to demand that our senators oppose Andrew Puzder’s confirmation as Secretary of Labor.
Our collective efforts were a direct result of multi-coalition sector building towards a unified goal. As an alliance of people and groups working for a better food system that provides nutritious food, livable wages, and treats the land, farmers, and animals with respect, we believed that Puzder was a threat to working families, and to our overall food system.
While we celebrate that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination, we urge President Trump to choose his next nominee for Secretary of Labor thoughtfully. The next candidate should be committed to protecting American workers – the people that are the backbone of the economy – and not corporate interests.
Who We Are
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
Being part of this Alliance has been awesome. We're gonna be noticed. When you bring so many people together for one cause, that's when we make a change.Ruth Faircloth, Rural and Migrant Ministry
It's gonna take all of us. We really need to start talking amongst each other and getting more organized. Being part of the Food Chain Workers Alliacne is really big for my organization so we can amplify our stories and hopefully bring about change faster.Dominic Ware, OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart)
I was treated differently after i started organizing to form a union. But it's worth it to fight for equal rights, a better wage and a better future.Velia Perez, Teamsters Joint Council 7
I think the food movement needs to be much, much broader and the FCWA has made that intersectionality much more visible.Jen Mendoza, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
To know that other organizations are dealing with with the same issues - if we were all able to come together and work as one, I believe that it will change a lot of things.Tammy Parkes, Rural and Migrant Ministry
Voices of the Food Chain
Voices of the Food Chain is a project of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Real Food Media to capture and share stories of the country’s 20 million food workers in their own words. Including voices of farmworkers, warehouse workers, meatpackers, line cooks, restaurant servers and more, the project features conversations recorded with StoryCorps, black and white portraits, and a video on the current challenges and victories at the intersection of labor and food. Voices of the Food Chain is part of a growing national movement to bring justice to all workers along the food chain.