If the restaurant industry wonders how its world would be different if Hillary Clinton had won, a big clue was revealed this week in a document from her campaign. Instead of getting Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder as the secretary of labor, the business would have gotten Starbucks’ chief, Howard Schultz.
A document from the Democratic candidate listed whom she was eying for her cabinet. Schultz was the nominee for the labor post.
Schultz, though not a union champion, has been an innovator in providing such employee benefits as healthcare, education assistance and even a regular gift of coffee. The chain prides itself on taking a high-touch approach to the staff.
Puzder has been a hardline opponent of employer mandates, citing the burden on businesses and the potential impact on job creation. He’s also been a strident champion of a free market, questioning the benefit of manipulating the minimum wage, and has championed the benefits of robotization.
The two couldn’t be further apart in their approaches.