Back in highschool I worked at Hardee’s Restaurant – Home of the Thickburger, Eat Like You Mean it!
I worked evenings after school and often opened the store at 5:00am on Saturday or Sundays. I made $5.15/hr. My paychecks were never big but I was able to make a little spending money and save for college. At my one year review I sat down with the General Manager of the store and she went through my evaluation. I got good remarks throughout. At the end of the meeting, I was given a pay raise. $0.05. Five cents. I looked across the fast food booth at her with a look of embarrassment. I asked her why it was so little considering I was a good worker, always on time, and dependable. I also told her that I expected it to be a higher amount. Using my best 16 year old negotiating skills, I said that I was hoping for $0.25/hr. I ended up with leaving the meeting making $5.25/hr; hey, a ten cent raise was better than a five.
Currently, Andrew Puzder, the CEO of Hardee’s is looking to become the next Secretary of Labor. He is bad for workers. He opposes the minimum wage. Now, I understand why I was offered such a meager wage increase 16 years ago, however, I probably should be thankful for getting any bump at all. There is a case against Puzder in Pennsylvania that claims that he was charging his employee’s ten cents per hour to wear his restaurant uniform. He is also bad for women. He allegedly beat his wife and a video has been making its way around congress that shows Puzder’s wife in disguise talking on “The Oprah Winfrey show.” The title of the episode is, “High-Class Battered Women.” Sixty percent of low wage workers are women. Does anyone really think that Puzder is going to be an advocate or supporter of labor?
Since leaving Hardee’s, I have rarely paid to eat there. With the nomination of Andrew Puzder I have and will continue to boycott his restaurants. There are too many other places to spend money on food for me to give such a horrible person any more of my time and money.
Vote with your wallet. Ask yourself, are those cinnamon raisin biscuits worth it? In my opinion, they are not. Of course, it is not just Puzder. If you know that a certain business owner isn’t treating their workers fairly, it is irresponsible to support them and their businesses. This is supposed to be a “free market.” There is plenty of competition to choose from. Let’s start choosing wisely, together.