Thousands Urge Olive Garden, Applebee’s CEOs to Honor American Law, Stop Worker/Customer Retaliation
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, December 06, 2012, 04:19 PM EST
- During the election numerous CEOs pledged to retaliate against their workers and customers if President Barack Obama was reelected and his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, was fully implemented. In response to this outrageous anti-American behavior, Dan Haney, an unemployed pharmaceutical customer service representative from Philadelphia, PA started a petition on SignOn.org warning Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter, Darden Restaurants Inc. (Olive Garden/Red Lobster) CEO Clarence Otis Jr., and Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel that retaliation against workers would lead customers to boycott their restaurants nationwide. So far, more than 7000 customers have joined Mr. Haney’s petition.
Petition on SignOn.org Calls on Darden Restaurants CEO to Clarify Position on Affordable Care Act and Not Punish Workers for 2012 Election
In a Major Turnaround, Papa John’s CEO Says Company Will Honor Affordable Care Act, Provide Health Insurance to Workers
SIGN ON HERE: http://www.signon.org/sign/tell-papa-johns-apple
After sustained outrage from customers across the country, evidenced by Dan Haney’s petition on SignOn.org, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter published an op-ed clarifying his company's plans to comply with the Affordable Care Act. Schnatter acknowledged that he will provide health care benefits to all of his corporate employees and all of his employees working in his company owned stores. This was a dramatic turnaround from Schnatter’s original proposition that Papa John’s would respond to the Affordable Care Act by cutting back employee schedules to less than 30 hours per week and charging customers more.
According to a new study from YouGov BrandIndex, the public perception of three restaurants declined dramatically following the anti-Obamacare comments made by the companies' CEOs. According to the report, Papa John’s, Applebee’s and Denny’s all saw declines among adults who had eaten at casual dining restaurants in the past month.
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With Papa John’s yielding to public pressure and common decency, Dan Haney has stepped up his campaign against Olive Garden's CEO Clarence Otis Jr. and Applebee’s CEO Zane Tankel urging the companies to clarify their positions on whether they will abide by the Affordable Care Act. So far, more than 7,000 people have signed on to Dan Haney’s campaign.
"I just get so sick and tired of hearing about these companies making billions of dollars.They are only focused on making profits--even when it comes at the expense of workers,” said Dan Healy, creator of the petition on SignOn.org. “I know that folks are scared. I wanted to do this to show people that we can speak out. If I can inspire one person to fight for change, I hope it can create a domino effect."