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King Donald's Anti-Labor Secretary Begrudges "Overprotected" Workers' Breaks

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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 01:38 AM
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Dear Leader Donald, GOP-annointed King of America (may his glow irradiate the faithful, rendering them infertile), has selected for his subjects an anti-Labor Secretary with a history of candidly expressing his anti-worker views. In a December 2009 interview dug up from the archives of Cal State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History (COPH) by the heretical OC Weekly, Andrew Puzder (aka "The Pudster") lamented mandatory breaks for sniveling overprotected plebs:


Trump's labor man also had choice words for Carl's Jr.'s home state. "I think the big change in California, it's really become a kind of socialist state," Puzder opined. "You can't be a capitalist in this state, and Carl was at heart a capitalist who created a company that to this day bears his initials." The would-be Labor Secretary complained about regulations and overtime laws, claiming workers are overprotected.

"Have you ever been to a fast food restaurant and the employees are sitting and you're wondering, 'Why are they sitting?'" Puzder asked. "They are on what is called a mandatory break [emphasis his]." He shared a laugh with the interviewer, saying the so-called nanny state is why Carl's Jr. doesn't open up any new restaurants in California anymore.




Just a friendly reminder, this is the mission statement of the DOL:


To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.


In March, Puzder fantasized about a future free of pesky human laborers to Business Insider:


The CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's has visited the fully automated restaurant Eatsa — and it's given him some ideas on how to deal with rising minimum wages. "I want to try it," CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider of his automated restaurant plans. "We could have a restaurant that's focused on all-natural products and is much like an Eatsa, where you order on a kiosk, you pay with a credit or debit card, your order pops up, and you never see a person."

"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," says Puzder of swapping employees for machines.


Just about the only development in labor since the 19th century that he hasn't publicly assailed are child labor laws. Give him time though!
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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 02:13 AM
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as soon as I read the headline, I already knew the author. You just could no resist could you, dastardly mischievous sprite!


Ok so the Labor Department head is going to be a guy who dreams of fast food service fully automated with skeletal support/IT staff (haha, sounds like IT is going to be broke down into one of those cheap wage jobs. I read about that in this book "The World is Flat. I can say that would be a welcome reprieve. Conditions in some of these places like Chipotle can be brutal. Super high turnover is inevitable. Not many permanent positions are brought by these types of businesses.

I guess as far as the whole automated fast fod concept goes, I am torn 50/50. I really do enjoy interacting and meeting these people whenever I eat out. But with how much more stupiderer people are getting every year, it really kind of makes me beg for this model to go automated just for order accuracy. I used the kiosk at a McDonalds some time recently, and I double checked the screen and ticket that printed. It was spot on perfect, so I had good expectations. Nope, it was still delivered with a single error that conflicted with the clear print. And when the person went to correct it, they failed again. Tsk, tsk. It just means workers at multiple steps either did not care or were too stupid to do even the simplest of jobs in the market. its to the points where certain jobs are not being efficient more so based on hiring practice and plain old ignorance. As a consumer, I don't want to pay for apathy and an unpleasant experience.

I want to have an excellent guest experience, otherwise, WTF am I paying you for??? I will gladly hop to the next store and pay your competitor for a better guest experience.


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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 02:30 AM
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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 02:46 AM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

This is garbage, even by your standards.

Many employees would indeed prefer to work and get paid instead of taking a mandatory UNPAID break.

Kiosks have been replacing employees for quite some time, how many self-checkout stands do basically all grocery stores have nowadays? It's an issue NOW all the sudden? Why, because Trump is president? Are you really that bitter about it?


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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 03:03 AM
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The OP has become too partisan to function.

So we're going to have a Dept of Labor that isn't going to chase businesses out of the country with ridiculous regulations.

Oh nos, you means we's gonna have to do works at our jobs? That's racist!



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 03:35 AM
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Well the US will have to become a low wage country...he Rich will get richer and the poor poorer and the rust belt will expand. Hurrah for Donald and his gang!!!



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 03:40 AM
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originally posted by: watchitburn
The OP has become too partisan to function.

So we're going to have a Dept of Labor that isn't going to chase businesses out of the country with ridiculous regulations.

Oh nos, you means we's gonna have to do works at our jobs? That's racist!


Mandatory breaks are ridiculous?




posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 05:16 AM
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originally posted by: muse7

originally posted by: watchitburn
The OP has become too partisan to function.

So we're going to have a Dept of Labor that isn't going to chase businesses out of the country with ridiculous regulations.

Oh nos, you means we's gonna have to do works at our jobs? That's racist!


Mandatory breaks are ridiculous?



Yeah. Now all of a sudden (because king Don or one of his cronies said so) taking a break at your job is looked down upon. Can't wait till slave labor kicks in.
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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 05:24 AM
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Title says it all 'king Donald'. There's no reason to debate with the op. It's biased and not open to discussion. With that said, Gods own highly regarded one is soon to vacate, thank God and amen!



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 06:01 AM
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originally posted by: muse7

originally posted by: watchitburn
The OP has become too partisan to function.

So we're going to have a Dept of Labor that isn't going to chase businesses out of the country with ridiculous regulations.

Oh nos, you means we's gonna have to do works at our jobs? That's racist!


Mandatory breaks are ridiculous?




Ummm...yeah...pretty much...some of us have an interest in...getting the job done...or actually give a damn about the work so much that taking a mandatory break at a given time is counterproductive...Some of us have jobs where we actually have free reign to...be creative...When your in the midst of creating something important...a mandatory break can be detrimental to the...muse...

Then again...I suppose if you really hate your job...any time away from it might seem like bliss...

I thought with your screen name...you might understand that...




YouSir



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 07:57 AM
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PROTECT THE KING! MAN THE WALL!





posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:17 AM
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a reply to: watchitburn

Ridiculous regulations like protecting the employees? Sure we can all be treated like we live in some third world country so long as some CEO can afford his second yacht! Because Capitalism!



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:26 AM
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So I could go into a McDonald's order my food and leave with the correct order without talking to a human?
Sweet!



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:39 AM
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I actually remember when we worked straight through breaks and lunch to get a big order out, not because we had to, but because there were no "forced breaks" and we took pride in getting the job done. Maybe a quick smoke and fast 15 minute lunch was the only break we took, [ other than going to the restroom ] out of a 10 - 12 hour day. By the way...You can smoke under a welding hood, but only if the cigarette is short enough. Try nodding your hood down with a new cig in your mouth..
[ welders know what I'm talking about ]

Do workers need protected? Yes, but forcing them to take breaks, especially when it's busy and that time is unpaid, just saves the company money and causes backups in production.

AD..Your partisan antics are getting to the point I'm coming close to ignoring any thread you start. They are so full of unreasonable hate, they're almost painful to read. It's over. Trump won and if you can't accept that and get on with life, 4 years of spitting hate is going to cause a stroke or heart attack.
Step back from politics and take a deep breath.



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:44 AM
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a reply to: theantediluvian

Mandatory breaks in CA are only CA law, not federal, so he's right about it being absurd. There are only 9 states that have similar laws. They get a break for ever 3.5 hours they work. This was likely a two fold issue with most of the reasoning being that if you let someone decide when to take a break for themselves it would be taken advantage of.

If this is such an issue then why didn't Obama make it federal law in the last 8 years?

As far as automating these places....go for it. Everyone else in the country has to continue to strive for better to keep jobs or move on to another, why should fast food workers not have the same fire under their feet? Why is it OK for most large manufacturers to even have plants outside of the US? Cars are built mostly by robotics now....that certainly wasn't because of Trump's appointee.



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:46 AM
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I did some research on other democracies. Like Israel. Breaks ar set for employees through regulations there also.



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:46 AM
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Don't choose the job then, I support market forces, but then I'm self employed...We tend not to whine like employees.



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:47 AM
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a reply to: grainofsand

Who supports your business? The unemployed?



posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:47 AM
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You just received you first S&F from me. Good thread. Automate the most jobs left in the US and ship the IT to India.
Corporate America....
And I have "forced breaks" at the company I work at. I kinda like em. Helps break up the stress of the day. Just the getaway from a problem for a few minutes.


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posted on Dec, 29 2016 @ 08:53 AM
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a reply to: MOMof3

It is a choice to be an employee and whine about the choice made.




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