DEMAND DOMINO’S PIZZA TAKE RESPONSIBILITY NOW!
Domino’s Pizza made $501 million in gross profit in 2012, the highest ever, with nearly 10,000 stores worldwide. Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle alone took home $9.1 million last year, or roughly $4,375 per hour. Workers, on the other hand, who delivered these pizzas, made only $4 an hour, working 60 to 70 hours a week in rain, snow and storms. They had no time to eat. Workers were then fired for speaking out about conditions. “They treated us like slaves,” said Anatole, a Domino’s delivery worker for four years.
How does Domino’s get away with making so much money by abusing its workers? Mitt Romney probably gave helpful tips when his venture capital firm Bain Capital took ownership of the company in 1998. Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan’s funding of anti-choice campaigns in past years probably curried favor with key politicians. And Domino’s poster boy, franchise owner and millionaire Dave Melton, probably enhanced the Corporation’s bottom line with his book, “Hiring the American Dream: How to Build Your Minimum Wage Workforce Into A High-Performance, Customer-Focused Team”.
Except that Melton failed to pay his “minimum-wage workforce” minimum wage. Or overtime pay. Or any pay at all for the 15 – 20 hours over 45 that workers put in every week. Or for their uniforms and bikes. His high-performance team of workers are now speaking out against Domino’s sweatshop practices. They are holding Domino’s Corporation responsible, and demanding an end to the abuses and labor violations at the stores owned by Melton and all Domino’s stores citywide.
When one Domino’s worker went to the Labor Department to file a complaint, he never got a response. Later, he and 73 other workers sued Melton for labor-law violations. In response, Melton, who had boasted of annual revenues of $1 million in each of his six stores, filed for bankruptcy, claiming that he has no money.. Recently, a federal court judge ruled in favor of the workers to include Domino’s Corporation in the lawsuit as a joint employer, citing the corporation’s control of its franchises and promotion of policies and practices. The corporation requires its franchises to use computer systems to track hours and pay, and performance of the workers—down to the number of minutes it takes to deliver a pizza. It details how employees should carry out tasks. It reviews this data, and inspects the stores. However, the corporation is trying to say that it is not responsible for its franchises’ practices.
As workers like the Domino’s workers come forward to hold their employers like Domino’s Corporation responsible for the sweatshop conditions they faced, we need our government to back us up. Instead of giving millions of dollars to subsidize corporations and employers like Domino’s Corporation in his new minimum-wage law, Governor Cuomo should be committing more resources to labor-law enforcement. Instead of funding incentives for bosses to divide workers and slash wages, Cuomo should be supporting workers who want to organize and speak out against abusive conditions. Otherwise, workers will be left hanging. Scofflaw bosses like David Melton will declare bankruptcy, hide assets, and claim poverty. And top entities like Domino’s Corporation will hide behind the franchising and sub-contracting system, and claim that, “those are not my employees, that is not my business.”
Enough! Whether we are Domino’s workers, students working minimum-wage jobs, young people doing unpaid internships, or office workers at risk for being laid off, we are all being squeezed. What are you going to do about it?
Join us in the fight against Domino’s sweatshop empire. If we take down Domino’s, the rest will fall.
For more information, contact Justice Will Be Served! Campaign at (212) 358-0295 or visit us online: www.knockdowndominos.com * www.facebook.com/boycottdominos * @jwbscampaign