I just have not be in the US for very long. Is This "Papa" John considered negatively by the public?
During the last election, the CEO John Schnatter went on the air in a big way to campaign against the affordable care act, in which he said if he had to provide health care coverage to more of his workers, he would reduce their hours so that they were under the limits where the employer has to provide the benefits. It was estimated that to provide care for employees at their current hours, it would raise the cost of pizzas by $0.15-0.20. At the same time, it came out that John had his own private golf course and was living the high life.
In my eyes, that is shameful behavior given a pizza runs maybe $10 or so and the cost of basic health care wouldn't add much, but of course people have different opinions. Now, if he was a small business man, barely making ends meet, I could see the argument that health care would bankrupt him.
There were several other places that were saying the same things about reducing hours, such as the Olive Garden restaurant chain, and many of them saw immediate drop in sales. I think many of the restaurants that originally had said they would cut workers hours have since backpeddled. My daughter has said that the Dunkin Doughnuts shop she works at has been reducing her hours because of this. At the moment, she is still covered under my employer's insurance, but that will run out when she turns 26 later this year.
Of course in a certain sense, there is an irony about discussing working conditions on May 1st, which back in the day when the Soviet Union was still around, the communists would celebrate May 1st as a big day for the worker. The origins of the communist celebrations of May 1st trace back to the Haymarket riots in Chicago, May 1, 1888, when the workers were picketing for an 8-hour work day and it turned rather bloody.