|Go local, boycott Papa John's|
|Written by Daily Vidette Editorial Board|
|Monday, 12 November 2012 13:24|
In a college town, it is incredibly easy to order a pizza after coming home late from a night on the town or just out of laziness.
With such a wide selection of establishments, chains and local, it can be a daunting decision to pick a pizza.
However, there is one pizza company that students should think twice about and even boycott: Papa John’s Pizza.
After President Obama won the election, Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter announced that Obamacare will be forcing the chain to reduce employee hours and raise the price of the food.
Papa John’s is not the only company doing this stunt to show business owner discontent over the Affordable Healthcare legislation.
It is not like Schnatter is hurting for money being he is worth over $200 million. Also, Papa John’s is the third largest pizza chain in America with revenues in excess of $1.3 billion annually, according to the Examiner.
On the flip side, Papa John’s delivery drivers earn an average of $6.26 an hour. Even with tips, that is not nearly enough of an income to support a family.
According to the new law, full-time employees working 30 hours or more must be covered under Obamacare. Essentially, by cutting workers’ hours on the job, Schnatter will not be responsible for their healthcare.
By raising prices of food on the consumer, Schnatter is also saying the cost of healthcare for employees will be passed on to consumers.
When Obamacare passed this over the summer, Schnatter already raised prices of pizzas between 11 and 14 cents, and now plans to raise them again.
Once again, Schnatter is not hurting for profits. During football season, Papa John’s will pay $350,000 per 30-second spot per national ad. Their ads will be played constantly in both college and professional football air times.
Schnatter is not new to politics as he supported and helped fundraise Gov. Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
Perhaps Schnatter thinks his employees are part of the 47 percent of Americans that backed President Obama because they are victims and dependent upon the government.
To harm his own employees’ well-being with less income and fewer hours simply for political gains is not how one should run a business. Also, to “pass the costs” down to consumers even when the company makes over $1 billion a year is insane.
Students have so many options for getting a tasty pizza in the Bloomington-Normal area. Local businesses like Tobin’s Pizza, Flingers Pizza and Pub, Chicago Style Pizzeria, Avanti’s, Prime Time, Medici and so many other great businesses are a better choice than Papa John’s.
While it may be easy to go online and order from a chain business, buying locally supports the community and the consumer can be sure their money is going toward more ethical business practices.
It does not have to be an extreme move taken from an episode of “Portlandia.” Buying locally and boycotting Papa John’s may send a clear message to Schnatter: We want pizza, not politics.