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Posts Tagged ‘John Schnatter’

Papa John’s CEO Talks Workers’ Wages, Says Drivers Make Close to $20

schnatterPapa John’s CEO John Schnatter brought up a hot button topic while being interviewed for the Inc. GrowCo Conference: workers’ wages.

In his remarks, which Business Insider says were almost a “non sequitur,” Schnatter says his workers are well-paid.

“Remember, I don’t pay anyone minimum wage. The average driver makes way closer to 20 bucks an hour than 10,” he says. ”If we’re not taking care of our people, we’re going to lose good people at every level.” You can watch a clip of this portion of the interview here.

The comments are address an issue the company has been trying to get a handle on for some time. BI notes that “several” Papa John’s franchises in New York have been subpoenaed for under-paying their workers. This at a time where the minimum wage is being fiercely debated. A company spokesperson told the site that the investigation is looking more closely at restaurants that aren’t corporate-owned. Still, it’s damaging to the company’s reputation.

Papa John’s is also being sued by drivers for the ways in which they’re reimbursed for expenses.

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‘Like’ This Post and We’ll Donate Money to Charity!

Just kidding; we would never condescend to you like that. But quite a few brands would and do–and it seems to work on some level. Here, for example, is an update posted on the Papa John’s timeline yesterday:

Everyone agrees that charity is a good thing and that no child in a developed nation like the United States should face the prospect of going to bed hungry. Also: We understand that this post fits within the “social media best practices” guidelines by featuring a positive message, an aggressive call to action and an emotionally manipulative stock photograph. But it won’t win Papa John’s any “responsible citizen” awards.

And as you can see from the thousands of comments on the post, many users see it as an act of shameless self-promotion. Quite a bit of the thread consists of bickering over the health care controversy sparked by CEO John Schnatter‘s earlier comments.

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Papa John’s Firm Pressures Bloggers Over Reporting on CEO’s ‘Obamacare’ Comments

Papa John's CEO A few weeks ago we included Papa John’s on a list of food-and-beverage brands suffering bad PR thanks to statements by CEOs and managers about threats supposedly posed to their businesses by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Founder/CEO John Schnatter aggressively fought the “inaccurate” reports by writing a blog post for HuffPo at his PR firm’s suggestion and insisting that he never said anything about closing stores, firing employees or raising prices on his company’s incredibly delicious pizzas due to regulations imposed by the law.

Now he’s gone even more “proactive”, using crisis communications firm Sitrick and Co. to make sure everybody gets the story straight; representatives have been contacting various sites to insist that they correct related stories.

OK. So what did he say, and what did they say he said? Let’s review:

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