Bad press from avoiding Obamacare hurt Olive Garden and Red Lobster's earnings

  • metta

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    Dec 05, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    Bad press from avoiding Obamacare hurt Olive Garden and Red Lobster's earnings

    "Darden engaged in less public posturing than some restaurant executives and owners, but had started testing a plan to keep workers below the 30 hours of work that would make them eligible for employer-provided health coverage. Not that many Darden workers get that many hours a week, anyway—75 percent of hourly workers were below 30 hours a week to begin with. Darden had been moving in other ways to sharply cut labor costs, slashing pay for bartenders and eliminating other jobs. Not all of Darden's cuts are legal, either—in recent years, the chain has paid nearly $14 million in fines and settlements for wage theft.
    Darden is a perfect illustration that the restaurants making the biggest point of mistreating workers to avoid meeting the requirements of Obamacare are restaurants that were already terrible employers. New health insurance requirements may have made Darden extra determined to keep workers below 30 hours a week, but again, 75 percent of hourly workers were already below that level. Obamacare is just a new excuse for the same old abusive behavior. It's nice to see them taking a hit for it."

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/05/1167390/-Bad-press-from-avoiding-Obamacare-hurt-Olive-Garden-and-Red-Lobster-s-earnings
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:02 PM GMT
    How do we know that it's not the bad food that hurt their earnings? LOL.
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    Dec 05, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    The local paper ran a front page article about it in the paper a couple of months ago, probably closer to the SCOTUS ruling.
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    Dec 05, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    Big businesses fucking over employees to make an extra buck? Who'da thunk it?
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    Dec 05, 2012 11:37 PM GMT
    sfbayguy saidHow do we know that it's not the bad food that hurt their earnings? LOL.


    I would tend to agree about the food.


    This is more of the authors opinion on why earnings are less. He assumes the people dining at those restaurants care enough to follow the issue.

    If they were so interested in health, they would not eat at those restaurants.
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    Dec 06, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    musclmed said
    sfbayguy saidHow do we know that it's not the bad food that hurt their earnings? LOL.


    I would tend to agree about the food.


    This is more of the authors opinion on why earnings are less. He assumes the people dining at those restaurants care enough to follow the issue.

    If they were so interested in health, they would not eat at those restaurants.


    If they had any sense of TASTE they wouldn't eat in those restaurants! Their food is GOD-AWFUL!!