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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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ellonwye 10th-Nov-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wahh I didn't get my way and so I shall stamp my feet and punish unrelated people!
weswilson 10th-Nov-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
I wish I ate their stupid pizzas just so I could stop.

Sadly, even if people do boycott, it will only hurt his employees... not really him... but hopefully it will teach future jackasses not to shoot their business in the ass by being a tool.
veracity 10th-Nov-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
And this is why I love my Riverside Pizza. It's 5 bucks for a basic pizza before 5, usually prepared, and with breadsticks it's like 8 bucks total. Hello, Riverside. Be my new BFF.

Note: I can't eat chain pizza food. It makes me sick. Plus, let's see. Pizza Hut refuses to admit I live where I do (a huge apartment complex), Domino's takes literally 1.5 hours, and Papa John's tastes like burnt tomato sauce on undercooked cheese.

Don't anyone tell me anything bad about Mellow Mushroom, either. Soooo good.
obscurative 10th-Nov-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
ugh mellow mushroom is delicious.
darknessdivine 10th-Nov-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
Jeeze, it's not like his company doesn't rely on part-time employees already, so who is he kidding? What a cock.

Also, more reason to make my own pizza.

eta: hrf, I need to comment when I'm more awake. I missed a few words.

Edited at 2012-11-10 05:40 pm (UTC)
randomtasks 10th-Nov-2012 04:38 pm (UTC)
He's probably been wanting to do this for awhile and Obama's re-election just gave him the excuse to do it.

Chain pizza is gross tho.
etherealtsuki 10th-Nov-2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Domino's is decent after that rehaul.

But every pizza outside of Domino's and Pizza Hut is usually rancid. And a good ol' moms-and-pops pizzeria ALWAYS beats out any fast food chain.

Hell, I am eating a meatball parm from my local pizzeria and it's so much fucking better than Subway's. The ground beef ball keeps breaking apart because it's made out of real ground beef. LOL.
ultraelectric 10th-Nov-2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
By the way. I'm just gonna put my special comments in. I'm currently a culinary student and these are my special comments on this.

1) health insurance is a deductible tax expenditure.
2) If restaurants/food places are so concerned with cost, they would do several things to change this. The Food Industry has a high turnover rate, this has to do with several reasons, poor working conditions, POOR MANAGERS WHO DON'T TRAIN STAFF PROPERLY, poor purchasing skills and wasted product. And yeah, times are tough so you should probably train your staff to have good personalities and not shitty ones -- I've been to several with very bad personalities manners, in this economy I say no to that, you want people to eat and enjoy your restaurant than train your staff to be good people.

The Restaurant Industry has bigger shit to fry than Obamacare.

end rant & special comments. ;)
rkt 10th-Nov-2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I've been to several with very bad personalities manners, in this economy I say no to that, you want people to eat and enjoy your restaurant than train your staff to be good people.

omg yes.
nyc places are horrible about this. one of the few (otherwise irrelevent) aspects of this economy being what it is was wait staff were no longer just pretty faces but actually had decent personalities to boot. though, it's started to revert again, so. i blame obama for pushing (slowly) the economy back up hill.
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sihaya09 10th-Nov-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, so that's gross.
hrhqod1 10th-Nov-2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
So what I get from this is a few more restaurants to boycott due to their asinine politics and lousy employer practices. My wallet and waste line will thank me.
myrrhmade 10th-Nov-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)

Fuck this guy and his shitty pizza too. I buy my pizza from a little mom and pop parlor. It's a bit more $ and about a 15 minute more drive, but so what.
darth_eldritch 11th-Nov-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Yep. There's a great mom and pop near here where we get pizza and chicken wings. Who needd douchebags like this.
effervescent 10th-Nov-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
:/ crossing my fingers that companies will get used to this being the new reality, rather than continuing for years to try and wriggle out of their responsibilities.

I can't help but think that this is why completely socialised healthcare would be better - you can't have business worried about profit involved in the health and welfare of the average person.
romp 11th-Nov-2012 09:05 am (UTC)
Exactly. They have to provide care...but they also have to maximize profit for shareholders. These conflict.
ceilidh 10th-Nov-2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
I hate his shitty pizza with its nasty cardboard crust and now it's officially banned at my house. I like the take and bakes from the local pizza place bette.r

not all businesses are acting this petulant, thankfully. my husband has been part time at best buy for the last year (he had a full time job and then quit when we moved so I can go to graduate school) and a couple weeks ago they made him full time and are sticking with it.
omimouse 10th-Nov-2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, someone I know works at Best Buy, and they gave him an actual decent raise for "going above and beyond" what he strictly needed to do so that things ran more smoothly and efficiently. He also got IN PERSON PRAISE from his supervisor as part of this.
hinoema 10th-Nov-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Does he even know what the actual cost breakdown is, yet? What a whiner. His franchisees need to switch to a better company. LaRosa's and Papa Murphy's are big out here.
pennylane101 10th-Nov-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
this will last a few weeks trying to make people believe obamacare is EVIL and that's that. if there's demand workers will ll get the hours period.

and just wait until obamacare kicks in in full. people will worship O forever
tigerdreams 10th-Nov-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Unless they just hire additional part-timers. That's a popular scam: hiring two part-time employees instead of one full-time, to avoid paying benefits and PTO and whatnot.
lovedforaday 10th-Nov-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
This is a shitty form of protest.
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