Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.
Today, another franchise owner of a large Corporate restaurant is showing his disdain for his employees. Following in the footsteps of "Papa John", Denny's, and Darden Restaurants a Wendy's franchise owner in Omaha, Nebraska has decided to cut his workers hours and push them further into poverty while passing their healthcare costs onto the rest of America.
Add this franchise onto the growing list of greedy, low-class employers who expect everyone else to foot the bills while he pockets the profits:
Not long after the owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains admitted their anti-Obamacare campaigns hurt more than helped, the owner of a Wendy’s franchise in Omaha, Nebraska plans to cut 300 employees’ hours to part-time to avoid providing them health care coverage.http://thinkprogress.org/...
By moving workers to part-time status in order to avoid paying for their health benefits, the Wendy’s franchise would shift the costs of insurance coverage onto hundreds of employees:
The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, vice president of operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can’t afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone’s health insurance.
This despite the fact that these costs will be miniscule for most businesses except for those of course who are already shirking their responsibilities and passing their costs off to you:
Critics frequently characterize the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a threat to American business and to the survival of employer-based health insurance. The law’s new requirements, they argue, create business uncertainty, delay economic recovery, and will cost jobs. But objective analysis of the ACA’s impact on coverage and costs demonstrates the opposite. In fact, the ACA’s requirements have a negligible impact on total employer-sponsored coverage and its costs. The law leaves large businesses’ costs per person insured largely untouched and reduces them for small businesses. Only among mid-size businesses (with 101-1000 employees) would costs per person be noticeably higher, largely attributable to those employers not offering coverage today.http://www.urban.org/...
This policy brief, drawing on several previous Urban Institute analyses,1 describes what the ACA actually requires or offers businesses of different sizes and uses the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to update estimates of the law’s effects on employer-sponsored health insurance coverage and costs. Our analysis focuses particularly on the impact of the law’s penalties on mid-size and large employers not offering coverage or offering unaffordable or inadequate coverage.
We simply cannot allow these folks to get away with this. The best way to kill a snake is not to cut off the tail, but the head. That is just how we should deal with these snakes. Although many of the folks that are doing this are franchises of national corporations we need to let these corporations know in no uncertain terms if they allow their franchisees to behave in such a fashion, we will hit them hard all over the country. We need to show them it is the workers they refuse to treat fairly and the consumers they pass their workers healthcare costs off to that make their profits possible.
Go here and sign the petition to Wendy's, Papa John's and other greedy corporations that we will not give them our hard-earned money for profit as long as they shirk their responsibilities to their employees and their country:
Also, go here to tell Wendy's Corporation that as long as they allow their franchisees to behave in such a fashion we will not patronize any of their stores nationwide: