The fallout from President Obama’s re-election continues. Folks are calling for boycotts of Applebees & Papa John’s after both CEOs promised to cut jobs after Obama was re-elected.
Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on taking the costs out of his workers. Schnatter said he will probably cut worker’s hours because President Obama was re-elected.
‘That’s what you do, is you pass on the costs,’ Schnatter said. ‘Unfortunately, I don’t think people know what they’re going to pay for this.’
Still, his announcement should not shock his employees as Schnatter has said he would find a way to make up the costs of health care reform on several occasions, telling shareholders this summer that the cost of a Papa John’s pizza could increase by 11 to 14 cents. ‘I got in a bunch of trouble for this,’ he said, referencing that promise.
Schnatter isn’t alone among chain restaurants looking to balance the costs of health care reform. As the program mandates that only employees working more than 30 hours a week are covered under their employers health insurance plan, chains like Applebees, Olive Garden and Red Lobster are already considering reduced worker hours.
In addition to these two chains, Darden Restaurants said they would begin to increase part-time workers in order to go around this law. Darden owns the following restaurants:
The Capital Grille
Even harsher reactions came from Zane Tankel, an Applebee’s franchisee owner who said he would go on a hiring freeze and a Georgia business owner cut employees he believed voted for Obama. WTH!
Will you boycott? If you HEAR of ANY other businesses talking about laying off or adding MORE part-time workers just to avoid healthcare – please post below and we will update the story. Thanks