US UNIONS celebrated a victory on Wednesday after labour secretary-designate Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.
President Donald Trump’s choice for the role pulled out after Republican senators said they would not vote for him over revelations that he had employed an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper.
The fast-food chain boss only belatedly paid employer taxes for the woman when Mr Trump nominated him in December, five years after he sacked her.
Unions had led a campaign against Mr Puzder, pointing out his opposition to raising the minimum wage and his comments about replacing restaurant workers with robots.
AFL-CIO federation president Richard Trumka said: “President Trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail about supporting working people.
“It’s time to start turning those promises into action.
“The American people want a labour secretary who will hold employers accountable for paying a fair wage and providing a safe workplace while ensuring our right to a voice on the job.”