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Unintended Consequences: Wendy's Cuts Workers' Hours to Avoid ObamaCare


A fast-food chain is slashing employee hours so franchise owners don't have to pay health benefits. Around 100 local Wendy’s workers have learned their hours are being cut. A spokesperson says a new health care law is to blame.

“Thirty-six to 37 hours a week.” That's how many hours T.J. Growbeck works at the 84th and Giles Wendy's restaurant. The money he earns helps him pay for the basics, but that’s not the case for all his co-workers. “There are some people doing it trying to get by.”

The company has announced that all non-management positions will have their hours reduced to 28 a week. Gary Burdette, Vice President of Operations for the local franchise, says the cuts are coming because the new Affordable Health Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to employees working 32-38 hours a week. Under the current law they are not considered full time and that as a small business owner, he can't afford to stay in operation and pay for everyone's health insurance.


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I am horribly disgusted at

I am horribly disgusted at this whole Obamacare, but inordinately happy
to see businesses fighting back. People with drive will just get two jobs and work 54 hours a week. It sux to work an extra 14 hours, but maybe there will be extra income tax deductions. In fact, maybe they can ask the businesses to treat them as independent contractors, part time, and claim all the deductions for running a business from home.

All the fast food places are doing it

Taco Bell made the news last week for this.

I work at O'Reilly Auto

I work at O'Reilly Auto Parts. I got promoted to full time right before the election. Now everyone who is part time is getting reduced to 28 hours.

liberty lover in Nor Cal!

I just have no words anymore - beyond disgusted

I just need a lil emoticon with a head on fire and just insert that on nearly every post. :\

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer


rallys/checkers, harbor freight tools, papa johns, and i thought i read domino's maybe

Its happening everywhere.

Its happening everywhere. Soon, there will be very few people with full time jobs. This will force everyone to rely on the Federal healthcare system rather than pay for company contracted insurance. I suspect that was the intention in the bill all along.

Blessings )o(

scawarren's picture

This is sad and these

This is sad and these consequences are only going to get worse but Congress shouldn't be surprised. What did they expect out of a bill they didn't bother to read? There are reasons why individuals are warned to read things before they sign them.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

This isn't just for Wendy's.

This isn't just for Wendy's. My minor daughter works at Burger King, and they are doing the same thing. No more than 29 hours per person per week. Now I know there are some people there who support families off of BK and I wonder just how they are suppose to make it.

"and the truth shall make you free"
John 8:32

At my work you have to have

At my work you have to have less than 27 hours now.

Stomping out the competition.

Only the Federal Reserve Family of Companies will be left standing. (They can expense these costs and still get 6% profit, tax free after expenses.)

Main Street is toast.

Free includes debt-free!

Denise B's picture

Great article,

except for one thing...I don't think that these are "unintended" consequences at all....I think the authors of the "healthcare" legislation knew exactly what this legislation would result in and intended for it to be that way all along....

I agree, nothing "unintended" about it at all.

Any undergraduate could have told them this would happen. Many did. They don't care.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

More unemployment = more

More unemployment = more people looking for handouts and government assistance.

Southern Agrarian

I don't agree with that at

I don't agree with that at all.I think they really are that stupid.Everything they do in Washington has unintended consequences because they rush bills through instead of thinking them through.

Michael Nystrom's picture

I don't agree with it either

I don't think they're smart enough. I doubt they could solve a Rubik's cube, do a Sudoku, or play a game of chess.

Any of those games/puzzles will teach you that you can't just change one thing without it having a ripple effect throughout the entire system. That is exactly what happened with the healthcare law. Do you think Nancy Pelosi can solve a Rubik's cube? I can just imagine her throwing it down saying, "Oh, this thing is stupid."

If she brings that same type of approach to legislation, then she will not foresee the unintended consequences down the line. Furthermore, most of these legislators are lawyers. They've never run a business. They don't know anything about supply and demand, or costs and expenses. All they know is if they bill more hours, then it is good.

I really don't like going down the path of "they know exactly what they're doing." It gives them too much credit. It doesn't help to connect your argument to the larger audience of people that aren't already sympathetic to our views. In fact, it tends to alienate people.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts
Denise B's picture

I don't

disagree with you Michael about the intelligence level of many of our reps. in Congress; however, my comment was not specifically directed at them, but at the "authors" of the legislation (remember Nancy Pelosi stated that we needed to pass the bill so that we (including her) could find out what was actually in it!). It is true that many of our reps. are clueless about a lot of things (not the least of which is the Constitution that they swear an oath to defend) and I think that TPTB use that to their advantage. That is not to say; however, that there are not some who know exactly what they are doing (and their motives do not include doing what is best for the American people).

No, it's not about Pelosi.

Although I don't think she's that stupid either. Sure, many of the apparatchiks don't know a thing. Bur that's not who instigates this top-down collectivism. Saying they don't understand it is like saying the Rothschilds and Warburgs didn't understand the impact of creating a central bank. They most certainly did.

"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels

Absolutely right!

Blaming "the elites" for politicians' economic ignorance won't turn our neighbors into economically intelligent voters, it will probably just make them economically ignorant, paranoid non-voters. That is if they bother to pay attention to us at all.

Bills they don't read mind you....


"What light is to the eyes - what air is to the lungs - what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man."
-Robert Green Ingersoll