March 31, 2023

National Restaurant Association Statement Opposing the Nomination of Julie Su to Lead the Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The National Restaurant Association released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s nomination of Julie Su to lead the U.S. Department of Labor:
“The National Restaurant Association is laser focused on ensuring a thriving restaurant and foodservice industry in America, providing opportunity to operators and workers while ensuring the highest standards in restaurant training and certifications. After lengthy consideration and discussion with restaurant owners across the country, we are opposed to Julie Su’s nomination as Secretary of Labor.
“Nine in 10 restaurants are small businesses. Ms. Su’s support of California’s FAST Act and other regulatory mandates unfairly target restaurant operators and set dangerous precedents for restaurants everywhere. In backing the FAST Act, she took a firm stance against entrepreneurship. While we respect diverse points of view about how to continue the economic growth of the restaurant industry – with food and beverage sales forecast to reach $997 billion this year while employing more than 15.5 million people – it’s imperative that we work together to act in the best interest of restaurant owners, workers, and consumers. We fear that Julie Su as Labor Secretary would not meet that imperative.”

About the National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises more than 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 15.5 million employees. Together with 52 State Associations, we are a network of professional organizations dedicated to serving every restaurant through advocacy, education, and food safety. We sponsor the industry's largest trade show (National Restaurant Association Show); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart). For more information, visit and find @WeRRestaurants on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.