They’re just greedy. More than 300 employees of the Wendy’s fast food chain in Omaha, Nebraska stand to get screwed by their employer. Rather than complying with the new Obamacare mandate, to offer health insurance to his full-time workers, Gary Burdette – the Vice President of operations for the local Wendy’s franchise, is cutting all of his workers hours to part-time – thus shrinking their paychecks and putting the cost burden of finding health insurance squarely on their shoulders.
Darden Restaurants, which nearly did the same thing, changed its mind after a harsh backlash from customers, and an immediate 37% drop in profits. Burdette argues that he simply can’t afford to pay for health insurance for his workers. My response to that is if you run a business – and you can’t afford to offer the basic essentials to your workers like a living wage and healthcare – then you don’t deserve to be in business in the first place.
Time to bring back business in the public interest.