Message from the Executive Director: Anniversary Edition

This issue of Independent Joe is our 50th issue. DDIFO first published “Indy Joe” back in the spring of 2009 as a 16-page quarterly publication. The cover of the inaugural issue teased a feature on the benefits of mediation versus litigation, along with a photo insert of Brad Pitt carrying a medium cup of Dunkin’…

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Gingrich and Puzder on Tax Reform

DDIFO is pleased to extend an invitation to our subscribers to participate in an exclusive industry-only conference call hosted by former Speaker of the US House Newt Gingrich and former CEO of CKE Restaurants Andy Puzder, next Monday, March 19 beginning at 7:00 PM EST. Speaker Gingrich and Mr. Puzder will spend 30 minutes discussing…

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Trump Names New Labor Nominee

In the wake of CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder withdrawing as the nominee for Labor Secretary, President Trump wasted little time naming a replacement, nominating Alexander Acosta – a former National Labor Relations Board member, US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Justice Department official and the current dean of Florida International College of…

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If At First You Don’t Succeed . . .

Over the past several weeks, we’ve reported a date & time for the impending confirmation hearing of Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder – each time giving a date in the upcoming week when the hearing was scheduled, and each week it has been postponed. Next week, the US Senate HELP Committee has scheduled a public…

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Puzder Nomination Delays

We told you in our last issue that the Senate hearing on the nomination of Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary would be held yesterday, February 2. After we went to press last week however, we learned it had been delayed for the 4th time. As of this writing, the hearing is postponed indefinitely until the…

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Puzder Hearing on For February 2

Lastly on the national front, we want to again urge our readers to lend their support to President Trump’s nomination of Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s), as Secretary of Labor. His nomination hearing will be held next Thursday, February 2 before the US Senate Committee on Health,…

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Puzder Hearing on For February 2

Despite “fake news” stories (a CNN report) alleging that President-elect Trump’s Labor Secretary nominee Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants (parent company of Carl;’s Jr. and Hardee’s), is contemplating backing out, his nomination is moving forward.  The US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) has apparently rescheduled the nomination hearing for Thursday,…

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Puzder Confirmation Hearing Delayed Again

The Senate confirmation hearing on the nomination of CKE Restaurant CEO Andy Puzder as Secretary of Labor has been delayed again, and could be put off to as late as next month by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP).  It’s been reported that the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) has…

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IFA Asks for Puzder Endorsements

As we know, President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he will nominate Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. as his Secretary of Labor and the International Franchise Association (IFA) has undertaken an effort to help him win confirmation.  Puzder is a member of the IFA Board of…

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One of Our Own

Zealots in the Obama Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) may indeed be looking at the last few weeks of life for their litany of pro-labor and anti-business regulations (the overtime rule, the persuader rule, the expanded joint-employer definition, and others), as it appears CKE Restaurant CEO Andy Puzder is poised…

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