In the run-up to President Barack Obama’s election victory over GOP rival Mitt Romney, countless companies threatened their employees with dire consequences if Obama won.
Now that the election result is signed, sealed, and delivered, many like Mills Manufacturing, TECO Energy, Exide Technologies and most recently Papa John’s Pizza are either cutting hours or lopping off heads while raising prices they characterize as caused by the Affordable Healthcare legislation.
Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter declared this week that because of Obama’s election victory and the anticipated cost impact of Obamacare on operations, the chain will have to reduce employee hours and pass the increased costs on to the consumer.
Never mind that the third largest pizza chain (behind Domino’s and Pizza Hut)—with revenues in excess of $1.3 billion annually—pays delivery drivers and average of $6.26 per hour and just recently sold Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning 21 franchise stores for millions.
Schnatter clearly feels the need to keep providing ‘better ingredients, better pizza’ by taking the dough away from his workers.
Himself worth over $200 million, one might think the youthful-looking CEO would be more benevolent in providing his workers with a shot at ‘better benefits, a better life”.
Instead, Papa John digs deep into their pockets to populate television advertising during football season around the clock, college and pro, to the tune of $350,000 per 30-second spot per national ad.
Factor in other sports around which brands advertise, and it’s a small wonder why Schnatter isn’t more concerned about protecting his hard-working employees than selling fattening foot to professional couch potatoes.
A boycott is blowing in the wind, as over 41,000 people responded to the Huffington Post article posting on AOL on Saturday.
Despite an unrelated campaign to donate $1 from every purchase to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, Papa John’s can expect significant consumer defections to competitors who aren’t penalizing employees over national politics.
Facebook and Twitter reaction against the chain abound in support of the employees. One of the more succinct from Anne Brennan cuts right to the chase:
“Psst, John, we all know that the top 1% has done very well in the past decade. So stop pretending to be broke, you’re not. You should be ponying up money for your employees’ healthcare and for the customers who are clogging their arteries eating your crappy food.”
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