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Papa John's CEO John Schnatter Says Company Will Reduce Workers' Hours In Response To Obamacare

10:14 pm - 11/09/2012

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In the wake of President Obama's reelection, one CEO is doubling down on his criticisms of Obamacare.

Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter said he plans on passing the costs of health care reform to his business onto his workers. Schnatter said he will likely reduce workers’ hours, as a result of President Obama's reelection, the Naples News reports. Schnatter made headlines over the summer when he told shareholders that the cost of a Papa John’s pizza will increase by between 11 and 14 cents due to Obamacare.

"I got in a bunch of trouble for this," he said, referring to the comments he made in August, according to Naples News. "That's what you do, is you pass on costs. Unfortunately, I don't think people know what they're going to pay for this."

Schnatter went on to say he's neither in support of, nor against the Affordable Care Act, even admitting that "the good news is 100 percent of the population is going to have health insurance.” But he’s not the only one in the chain restaurant industry to admit that workers hours may be reduced, since Obamacare mandates that only employees that work more than 30 hours per week are covered under their employers health insurance plan. For example, Darden restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has already experimented with reducing workers hours in anticipation of the legislation.

Others have responded to the added costs of Obamacare more harshly, includingApplebee's which has said it won’t hire new workers because of the law. Just this week, a Georgia business owner also claimed he cut employees due to Obamacareand in fact had specifically laid off those who he thought had voted for President Obama.


Welp, yet another reason to patronize my local pizza place (that and their pizza isn't total shit...Go Amante is Seattle!) Also, yeah--I realy believe that this douchcanoe is totally neutral on Obamacare. Riiiiight.
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amyura 10th-Nov-2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
I feel like I should do something in addition to boycotting. Does it count as a boycott when you're not giving anything up because it's shit from a chain?
skellington1 10th-Nov-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
I feel similarly. I already avoid chain restaurants as a matter of course (I'm lucky to live in a place with a huge variety of good, independent restaurants; why go for the boring chain stuff?) so I can't exactly make my money walk.
romp 11th-Nov-2012 09:14 am (UTC)
You can tell people around you who DO buy from Papa John about this.
hawkward 12th-Nov-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Write an open letter and post it to whatever social media outlets you use. And to Yelp.
poetic_pixie_13 10th-Nov-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
jwaneeta 11th-Nov-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I kinda love this. Am I wicked?
romp 11th-Nov-2012 09:15 am (UTC)
she's so right and kind to warn everyone
borderline_mary 10th-Nov-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Well, fuuuuuck. I used to work there a handful of years ago, and I still like their food. Now I'm going to have to ditch them and find another place. I mean, I knew corporate were assholes, but :|.
purplerains 10th-Nov-2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
He's such a dickhead. I cringe every time his greasy face appears in one of those horrid Papa Johns commercials. His employees should protest his shitty ethics and demand they get to stay on full time.
coraki 10th-Nov-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Last time we got pizza there was because we had a coupon. It was really gross though.

I'll just continue to go to Papa Murphy's or Robinhood Pizza. Next time my bf and I are in Seattle for dinner, we'll stop by Amante.

Oh and he's a dick.

Edited at 2012-11-10 11:48 pm (UTC)
kaelstra 10th-Nov-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
BAWW BAWWWW Fucker. Boo hoo. I guess I'm not eating Papa John's ever again.
jwaneeta 11th-Nov-2012 12:35 am (UTC)
I bought a Papa John's card for charity a while back. If you burn plastic cards, I would.

What an evil fucker.
abiding 11th-Nov-2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Good thing I don't like his cardboard-crust pizza anyway. What a piece of shit.
killerforhire 11th-Nov-2012 01:34 am (UTC)
I know Panda Express raised the price of all their food right after the election
hawkward 12th-Nov-2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
And that's fine, if it means that their employees get to keep their hours and get/keep health insurance. I'm okay with paying a little extra to support what's right. Schnatter could learn a lesson by this.
ladypolitik 11th-Nov-2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Pretty sure the latter. In fact, Im certain these asshole CEOs/owners as of late have all used the election as an excuse to pull employee/wage cut stunts that would have happened regardless of the election outcome.
stainedfeathers 11th-Nov-2012 02:13 am (UTC)
You know, I haven't seen this posted to Consumerist yet. (It will probably get around to there on monday- this is too large not to get press on there.) I -really- wish I were eloquent enough to write a letter to the CEO stating why I'm boycotting and that I think he's a complete jackass and will urge everyone I know to boycott and write in to him stating they're doing so as well. And then send that letter to consumerist, plus a link to the original article in hopes that they publish it with the article... I'm not eloquent though and usually only resort to tactless, unintelligent sputtering which wouldn't do much.

tvisgood 11th-Nov-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Not that I would ever eat at Papa John's (I don't think I live within 50 miles of one and there are about 20 actual pizza places down the street from me), but man, this douche. I wish I could somehow boycott him anyway.
caterfree10 11th-Nov-2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Not gonna miss their pizzas, tbh. My parents switched to Pizza Hut already (for unrelated reasons, but still) and them and Papa Murphy's and Greek's Pizza are much better anyway. :P
fuck_of_nature Slightly OT11th-Nov-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
I used to work at Raley's for five years and they're currently on strike. The store wants to take away retirement benefits for those over 65, as well as medical. I had an infuriating discussion with my grandmother, who basically is saying that they have to make these cuts in order to stay afloat in this economy, but she didn't seem to get that these people at the top are making bank.

I think it might be a bias since Raley's started in the town we live in, because she'll go on to rant about Walmart and their shitty practices.
gangsterdorothy 12th-Nov-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
What is with asshole pizza chain owners?
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