Target: Scott Bergren, CEO of Pizza Hut
Goal: Allow all managers of Pizza Hut branches to close the store on national holidays if they choose to do so
After 10 years of working his way up to a managerial position at Pizza Hut in Elkhart, Indiana, Tony Rohr had never been obligated to work on Thanksgiving. This year, after higher management decided to increase sales by keeping stores open on the holiday, Rohr refused to force his employees to come into work. Because of his generous decision, he was fired immediately. Urge the CEO of Pizza Hut, Scott Bergren, to give Tony Rohr back his managerial position, and to allow their workers a vacation on holidays in the future.
When asked if he regretted the decision to frustrate his company’s holiday work policy, Tony Rohr said he was glad he did it. He claims that this year was the first occasion any Pizza Hut store has asked him to work on Thanksgiving, and he felt the company’s decision was an unfair attempt to squeeze money out of consumer pockets while ignoring the well-being of its workers, so he refused to oblige. “Why can’t we be the company that stands up and says we care about our employees, and let them have the day off?” he said.
In addition, Rohr’s employees had been informed previously that year that they would be permitted to take the day off.
Pizza Hut posted a statement on its website after the incident and claimed to be upset by the outcome. Though they stated that the choice to open or close a branch is handled on the local level by independent franchises, higher management felt entitled to force employees to work on a holiday. In addition to their unreasonable judgment, they seem to think that a significant portion of consumers will actually choose to serve pizza on Thanksgiving.
Urge Scott Bergren at Pizza Hut to give Tony Rohr his managerial position back, and allow future employees to close shop on national holidays in the future.
Dear Scott Bergren, CEO of Pizza Hut,
Recently, the manager of Pizza Hut’s Elkhart, Indiana branch was fired for allowing his employees to take Thanksgiving off of work. As the branch manager, Tony Rohr should have been able to decide if his location would stay open or not. Instead, he was punished for giving hardworking employees the option of spending time with family on a national holiday. It was a poor decision to take away this man’s job after he was entirely generous to his employees, and it is the corporate management who are responsible for valuing business success above human beings.
I urge you to reinstate Tony Rohr as manager at the Elkhart, Indiana branch, and stop forcing employees to work on a national holiday.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Pizza Hut via Wikimedia Commons