Target: Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group
Goal: Stop Regal Cinemas from cutting employee hours to avoid paying healthcare benefits
Recently, Regal Entertainment Group, the owner of theater chains such as Regal Cinemas, announced that it would be cutting the hours of their employees due to increased costs of healthcare. Many employees will work part-time hours so that the company can deny them the benefits of full-time employees. The company claims that this is a necessary measure to save money, but the CEO and other executives received hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses in the past financial year.
Many companies have had to make changes to provide their employees with health care as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. However, most companies have simply increased their health care budget and allowed their employees to get the benefits they deserve. In a memo about the issue, Regal specifically said that the rescheduling of its employees was done in order not to “negatively impact our health care budget.” This means that Regal would rather reduce the hours of its employees and deny them benefits instead of increasing this budget. This is unfair to the employees, and an act of despicable greed.
While Regal employees are denied their due benefits, executives of the company are being given lavish paychecks and bonuses. In 2012, every single executive received a six-figure salary increase, and many were also given hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses. It is ridiculous that the employees of Regal are losing working hours and benefits while the executives award themselves so much money. Tell Regal that they are treating their employees unfairly and should not deny benefits in order to give themselves more money.
Dear Ms. Miles:
Recently, your company announced that employee hours will be cut due to the increased costs of healthcare. This means many Regal employees will be given less working hours so that the company can avoid paying them benefits. Many companies are having to deal with increased healthcare budgets due to the Affordable Care Act. Regal’s refusal to do so suggests a high amount of greed on your part.
I ask you not to cut working hours to avoid paying healthcare for your employees. The company clearly does not need money, as in the last year, you and other executives awarded yourself hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and pay increases. Instead of giving yourself this money, you could have paid for your employees to keep their working hours and have mandated health insurance. Stop this greed and give your employees what they deserve.
[Your Name Here]
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