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Business Leaders Decry Fast-Food Exec as Choice for Secretary of Labor:

For Immediate Release: 
December 13, 2016

“A race to the bottom will not build an economy with opportunity for all”

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which, with its member organizations, represents more than 250,000 businesses, calls the nomination of Andy Puzder the wrong choice to advance an economy based on high-road employers. The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO of ASBC:

“With Mr. Puzder’s nomination, Mr. Trump is choosing the wrong model for helping the working and middle classes -- and businesses that depend on healthy consumer demand. A race to the bottom will not build an economy with opportunity for all. Instead it will usher in policies that cripple sustainable economic growth in the long-term.

“The Department of Labor should continue pushing for the highest workplace standards instead of setting the bar at the lowest common denominator. High-road employers recognize that fair wages and family-friendly policies are essential to their companies’ success, as well as to creating a more robust economy. We will continue to demand support and encouragement for high-road policies from the Department of Labor.”

ASBC is working to spread employee-focused workplace practices to more U.S. companies. Its “High Road Workplace Project: Policy Solutions for a Sustainable Economy," brings together the public and private sectors to expand incentives that will accelerate adoption of business practices maximizing employee productivity. Based on a set of 10 far-reaching principles, high-road business practices include providing family-friendly benefits, paying a living and fair wage, and governing the business fairly and transparently.

More information about the High Road Workplace Project may be found here:

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.