BANGOR – A group of business owners, workers and workers rights advocates gathered in front of the federal building in Bangor today.
They are hoping that Senators Susan Collins and Angus King will listen to their pleas and vote against the nomination of Andrew Puzder for the Department of Labor Secretary.
Ramona Welton, President of Maine State Employees Association stated “Senator Collins has not committed on the record, has not released her position on this candidate. We would like to hear her commit to this at the committee level that she will not commit to the candidate.”
Other organizations joining the rally included AFL-CIO, Maine State Nurses Association and others. They said Puzders background concerning the treatment of his employees doesn’t make him fit for the position.
The group delivered a petition with over 4,000 signatures to Senator Collins office for her to consider in their request.
According to Senator Collins’s office, she looks forward to evaluating Andrew Puzder’s nomination to be U.S. Secretary of Labor.
“Prior to his nomination, Senator Collins had never met Mr. Puzder,” said Annie Clark, Collin’s communication director, “As is her practice for all nominees she does not know personally, Senator Collins does not make judgement on how she will vote until after the nominee’s confirmation hearing.”