Target: Punch Pizza co-owners John Puckett and John Soranno
Goal: Applaud Minnesota business Punch Neapolitan Pizza for increasing employee minimum wage
In President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, local Minnesota business Punch Neapolitan Pizza was given special recognition for its efforts to give employees livable salaries. The business now pays a 10 dollar an hour starting wage and has voiced its support for dedicated employees who deserve higher pay for their excellent service. Commend Punch Pizza for being a leader in the fight against income inequality.
The state of Minnesota is behind the times when it comes to the minimum wage, paying employees one of lowest in the entire country. Thought most companies strive to pay workers at least the federal minimum of $7.25, it is legal to hand out as little as $6.15 an hour.
The issue of income inequality and low pay received much attention in 2013, and though nearly all agree that the wage must be raised, the senate could not agree on a specific number. And so the fight continues.
Businesses like Punch Pizza are an encouragement because they show that livable wages result in a hardworking team and a positive work environment. Co-owners John Puckett and John Soranno teamed up to study successful companies like Costco and In-N-Out Burger and found that increasing the minimum wage not only benefits employees, but it boosts company morale too.
Soranno and Punch Pizza chef Nick Chute even attended the State of the Union Address as first lady Michelle Obama’s honored guests.
In a time when the gap of wealth inequality is larger than ever, local companies and multinational organizations must both work to pay employees the wages they deserve. It is a grave social injustice that businesses are allowed to demand long and hard hours and pay their workers so little in return. While the federal minimum wage may not increase for some time, local businesses can be catalysts for change.
Commend Punch Pizza for supporting working Americans by battling income inequality.
Dear Punch Pizza co-owners John Puckett and John Soranno,
I would like to thank you for your efforts to combat income inequality by raising the minimum wage for you employees. Minnesota currently has one of the lowest state minimum wages, and businesses like Punch Pizza are an encouragement to hardworking employees and an example for fellow restaurant owners to follow.
The benefits of paying your employees a livable salary shows that you truly care about social justice and honest business. Thank you for raising your minimum wage.
[Your Name Here]
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