#FightTrump This Week: Flynn, Russia, Puzder, and Business Leaders

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Earlier this week, Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned after acknowledging that he discussed economic sanctions with the Russian Ambassador before Trump took office – and lied about it to Vice President Mike Pence. (More on this later.) This resignation shows that our pressure – and the work of millions of other people around the country – is helping to keep the President and his team publicly accountable.

This week, we’re focusing on a few key actions: calling to oppose Trump’s Labor Secretary nomination, notorious labor-rights violator Andrew Puzder, putting more pressure on Trump’s business advisory council members, and emailing your members of Congress to further investigate the Administration’s ties to and communication with Russia.

Pick your personal favorite to call or act upon, or tackle them all if you’re feeling ambitious!



Trump’s nominee for U.S. Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of fast-food outlets Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. As Secretary of Labor, Puzder would be charged with protecting the rights of workers across the country. But Puzder is on the record opposing many basic worker protections: he’s publicly spoken out against increasing the minimum wage, expanding paid sick leave, and increasing eligibility for overtime pay. On top of this, his company was just sued by fast-food workers in California for labor violations.

On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will hold their first hearing on the nominee; if approved, he’ll be headed to the Senate floor for a vote. Four Republican Senators in the committee – Collins of Maine, Murkowski of Alaska, Scott of South Carolina, and Isakson of Georgia – are currently on the fence.

Add your voice against Puzder. If you live in a state of one of the members of the HELP Committee, call your Senator. Here’s a script:

I am calling to urge Senator ____ to oppose the nomination of Andrew Puzder as Labor Secretary. Mr. Puzder cannot be trusted to look out for workers’ best interests or to even follow basic labor laws himself. His company, CKE Restaurants, is currently being sued for wage theft and sexual harassment, and we recently discovered that he did not even follow labor laws when hiring a housekeeper in his own home. I urge you to oppose Andrew Puzder’s nomination.

If you don’t live in a state of one of the HELP members, sign the petition organized by Fight for 15 and consider joining the rallies they are organizing.



Trump has established an advisory council of national business leaders. We’re joining the effort to pressure those executives to either publicly oppose the recent Muslim ban or withdraw from the council. This strategy is already working: in response to pressure by consumers (and the hashtag #DeleteUber), Uber CEO Travis Kalanik stepped down from the advisory council and made a firm statement against the Muslim ban.

Of the other 18 executives that remain on the business advisory council, only two have stated their position on the Muslim ban. It’s time to demand that all of these business leaders speak up. Take action by going to this page, where you’ll find easy, one-click icons to send emails* and tweets. Let these executives know that we want them to make a public statement against the Muslim ban.

(*If the email templates aren't working for you, you can find email addresses for all executives here. Thanks to Wall-of-Us for their leadership on this front.)



The big news earlier this week, Flynn’s resignation, seems to be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the Trump campaign’s communications with Russia. Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D., NY) has called for a broader investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, and we’re now asking you to take action to pressure your representatives for more investigation, too.

  1. Find the info to reach your representatives here.
  2. Here’s a script to use when calling your representatives:

Hi, my name is (NAME), I’m calling from (PLACE, ZIP CODE), I am one of your constituents. I'm calling to ask that you support Representative Nadler’s call for an immediate and full investigation into the Trump administration’s Russia ties. Congress should appoint a select, nonpartisan committee to do so. I believe it is your duty to investigate and keep the American people informed on this most pressing national security issue. Thank you.



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Don’t forget - your congressional representatives are on recess next week. Find a town hall near you. If your representative hasn’t already scheduled a town hall near you, give them a call and ask for a local meeting.