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As you’ve heard, Donald Trump unleashed a fearsome twitter tirade against Chuck Jones, the union leader who represents the workers at the Carrier plant in Indiana, because Jones had the temerity to point out the facts about all the jobs that Trump allegedly saved — facts that told a substantially less flattering tale. This is being widely seen as the latest sign of Trump’s hair-trigger retributive streak. Fair enough.

But I want to point out here that Trump’s tweets about the union leader actually got one big thing right. And this is newly relevant today, because the thing that Trump got right, it turns out, reveals what’s really wrong with his newly announced choice for Labor Secretary. First, the tweets in question:

In his zeal to belittle someone who dared to undermine his narrative about himself, Trump actually gets at a larger truth: workers are struggling in part because they don’t have an adequate voice and lack adequate bargaining power. It’s true that unions have been substantially weakened. It’s true that workers have been badly dis-empowered by that and other larger forces beyond their control, including all sorts of deliberate policy choices that have shaped the economy in recent decades.

But if Trump is hoping to increase the power of workers, his pick for Labor Secretary seems like an odd way to do it.

As has been widely reported today, Andrew Puzder — a fast food magnate who runs CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. —  opposes a substantial increase in the minimum wage. He opposed Obama’s rule that would boost overtime pay for millions of workers (and has for now been blocked by the courts), which suggests it is probably dead. He hates Obamacare with the heat of a thousand fast food warming lights.

But beyond these questions, it seems unlikely that Puzder’s overall orientation will lead him to run the Labor Department in a way that will actually seek to maximize worker power.

After all, that’s a key function of the Labor Secretary. He or she can use the power of the bully pulpit to highlight businesses across the country that are taking genuine steps to enhance the power and buy-in of their workers. He or she has discretion over how to enforce labor laws. I asked Judith Conti, federal advocacy coordinator of the National Employment Law Project, to explain how we could get a sense of what Puzder’s actual priorities are when it comes to enhancing worker power. She told me:

“The Labor Department is an enforcement agency. It is charged with enforcing wage and hour laws. What is his philosophy when it comes to enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act? Who does he see himself advocating for? Is his mission to protect and enhance the quality of jobs? Or is it to fight for the nation’s employers against pesky regulations and laws preventing them from doing what they want to do?”

Hopefully we’ll find all of these things out at his confirmation hearings. Now, judging by what Puzder himself has written, he believes that the true way to help American workers is to unshackle growth via cutting taxes and regulations (and also via Trumpian tariffs designed to protect American manufacturing). This isn’t that surprising: Aside from the tariffs, this would be in keeping with an emerging pattern that suggests Trump is gearing up to govern in many ways like a conventional Republican whose professed guiding philosophy is that low taxes, low regulations, and unshackled growth are the engines for helping working people — who claims to believe, in other words, that what is good for corporations is good for workers.

Suffice it to say that this is not what a lot of progressive economists and advocates for workers think. They believe that slashing taxes for businesses and gutting regulations are not the way to address one of the most crucial problems workers face — i.e., a lack of power, exacerbated by low wages and weak representation. Apparently, Trump also believes weak representation for workers is the problem. We’ll find out if his choice for Labor Secretary believes it.