Will Domino’s Pizza be the next Papa John’s?

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story cited a report from the Huffington Post claiming that Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter had said he would cut back on his employees’ hours in order to pay for Obamacare.  Schnatter clarified in an op ed posted at the Huffington Post that he was speaking theoretically about what he thought Papa John’s’ franchises would do, not what he would do with the parent corporation.  We regret repeating the Huffington Post’s error.
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Papa John’s move on down, next up in the culture wars for the umpteenth time, the former owner of Domino’s Pizza, Tom Monaghan.

As you recall, the Papa John’s CEO who lives in a mansion with his own golf course and moat surrounding the house started to publicly complain about the high cost of Obamacare for his parent company and franchises.

At the same time, GOP extremists from other food chains joined the chorus of rich guys whining about spending money on their own employees’ health and welfare. If the masses want health care, they might also want a livable wage. Oh the horror!

Surely the public would understand the challenges of financing a moat during a recession?

Wrong. Papa John’s, Denny’s and Applebees have all watched their brand go down since their big-mouth executives started talking.

Next up is Domino’s Pizza founder, Tom Monaghan.

Though he no longer owns the company – he sold it a while back to none other than Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital, according to report you can thank Mr. Romney and Bain for Domino’s Pizza’s lousy taste (Bain has also cashed out and move on) –  that hasn’t stopped Monaghan from shooting off his mouth about health care. Monaghan, like the Catholic church, is now fighting in court to block Obamacare’s provisions about offering women abortion and contraception coverage.  Interestingly, Domino’s is not a party to the suit.

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Christian Science Monitor:

[Monaghan] filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court. It also lists as a plaintiff Domino’s Farms, a Michigan office park complex that Monaghan owns.

Monaghan offers health insurance that excludes contraception and abortion for employees. The new federal law requires employers to offer insurance including contraception coverage or risk fines.

Monaghan says the law violates his rights, and is asking a judge to strike down the mandate. There are similar lawsuits pending nationwide.

You know, first Monaghan, then Romney and Bain Capital — there’s just too much bad history at Domino’s Pizza for any progressive to be spending their well-earned money at that place. I think Domino’s Pizza needs to become a party to this lawsuit – for the good guys – to clear its lousy name, and bad past, once and for all.


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  • sharon

    Here to tell you. My son works for a local Domino’s. They cut his hours in half. This is a disgrace. My son is young so I can handle his expenses until he gets full time employment, but he works with adult men who have a wife and several children. How can they stand themselves to pull the rug from under these hard wokring individuals. It is a disgrace.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    I am a large minority. Pizza businesses may be in business forever, but there will always be street prostitution and people who want to shoot needle drugs in their eyes-I can only control what I do. And I choose to buy pizza from the local guy who isn’t a Pharisee if I’m not making it myself-I made about 200,000 pizzas to pay for grad school.

    I think that if people are well informed and have a choice they will avoid ordering products from places that devalue their employees, provide low quality products for exhorbitant sums, and contribute to causes that harm the public good.

  • Ted

    It tells you all you need to know because a majority of the businesses are FRANCHISE, which mean there is a Franchisee that overseas those store how they treat their employees is up to them including pay and benefits. It is a different workplace in the corporate market. Do some real research instead of letting someone else tell you how you should think.

  • Ted

    You and people that think like you are a small minority. Pizza businesses will be in business forever whether you like it or not. Sorry to burst your bubble but Dominos and all other pizza places have been getting stronger since the 80′s year after year sales are increasing and number of new customers are increasing.

  • http://twitter.com/Olterigo Olterigo

    They have 35% rating on HRC’s list. Tells me all I need to know.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    Have been boycotting Domino’s since the 80s for precisely this reason. Same reason I avoid Home Depot for Ken Langone’s mouth, and Papa John because he is a greedy scum weasel. Pizza is nothing but markup, the cardboard box and plastic hat cost more than the food, so why reward greed weasels and pizza popes?

  • Ted

    So you know what cow pies taste like? Not a part of a Franchise, but a good guess. As far as the food goes everyone has their opinions, but worldwide it has been proven WE have a superior product than the competition.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    A pizza company that would deny its employees decent health care. A stupid idea Mr. spinner. I would think you would want healthy employees…or do you just drop them?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Another twisted Catholic orphan —just like SOCTUS judge Thomas.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Unless you can do that parthenogenesis thing.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Aren’t you just special! If people boycott Dominos it’s because their Pizzas taste like cow pies. BTW. how’s your franchise doing?

  • FauxReal

    This guy created his own town and university dedicated to the super conservative. He’s actually a follower of Opus Dei. The name of his town and the university is Ave Maria.

    He was going to ban the sale of contraceptives (including condoms) in his town but the ACLU threatened to sue.

    USA Today had a 2007 article on this.

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-07-18-ave-maria_N.htm

    He sold Domino’s for $1 billion in 1998.

  • Ted

    This article shows some people in America are reactionary as opposed to thinking about the facts and thinking for themselves. They let the media dictate who they should like or hate and where to purchase consumer goods. Tom Monaghan has not been connected with them for a long time and the only reason Dominos is brought into the discussion is because people don’t care to read and find that information out. As a society we listen to a news story and immediately jump to conclusions. The great thing about this country is that there is freedom of speech and no matter how bad someones opinion may be, they have the right to express themselves as they choose (as long as it doesn’t invoke violence). People trying to boycott Dominos for what he said is ridiculous, especially since its not the stance of the company. They don’t take any stance politically or religious. The people that have always supported Dominos will continue to no matter what the founder has to say, because at they end of the day they make pizzas…that is it and they’re pretty good at it. They are a company that truly cares about their employees and customers as opposed to popular belief since they are a large corporation. If people would take the time to look into the facts instead of getting offended right away they would know that and Dominos would not have to defend themselves again ignorant people. Think for yourselves people! I disagree with his comments and think is lawsuit is bogus also, but you won’t see me trying to boycott a good company for what someone no longer connect to them says or does.

  • Loona_c

    That’s why I’m checking. I do have pizza dough in the freezer, but every now and then you just need a to-go/delivery option. Yep, I’ll go local otherwise.

  • Drew2u

    Pizza Hut is part of Yum! Foods, so no. I understand your pain but either support local or make your own! There’s a recipe online for Pizza Hut breadsticks.

  • perljammer

    I doubt that Domino’s would mind very much being “the next Papa John’s.” Go look at both companies’ stock charts for the past 6 months.

    Note that Papa John’s is cruising along very close to its 52-week high, despite the claim here that their brand “is going down.”

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Tit-for-tat.

    No contraceptive coverage for women? No boner pills or prostate medicine for men.

  • Naja pallida

    Buy local, if you can. :)

  • silas1898

    Not a bad attempt at damage control.

    I am lucky here in suburban NJ, At least 10 local pizza places will deliver to my house. I avoid all chains whenever possible.

  • loona_c

    So, do we “like” Pizza Hut? I’m running out of delivery options!

  • ComradeRutherford

    It has been common knowledge for decades that Dominos ‘Pizza’ is ANTI-Woman.

    If you buy Dominos ‘Pizza’, you HATE women.

  • http://www.bloomsburyreview.com Webster

    I’m not surprised. Monaghan is a right-wing Opus Dei Catholic cultist.

  • mgardener

    Not buying Domino any more.
    he wants to be a catholic? Fine with me. Don’t force your religion on me

  • HeartlandLiberal

    At the top left of Domino Pizza’s Facebook page right now:

    Earlier this week, news stories came out that
    Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan had filed suit against the federal
    government regarding healthcare. Since that time, the story has been
    widely misreported to indicate Domino’s was involved in this action,
    which is completely untrue. Tom Monaghan sold Domino’s Pizza in 1998 and
    today has NO active affiliation with our company. The media often
    neglec
    t to note this fact. His views are
    not our views, nor are his actions in any way related to our actions.
    Domino’s Pizza has made no public statements about health care, as we
    are still waiting to see how the final rules will affect our network of
    small business owners. Domino’s is not a political company; it is not a
    religious company – we are a pizza company.

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