After hearing from workers at several Jimmy John’s franchises – people who handle thousands of meals a day – that their employer doesn’t provide paid sick time, we sent a certified letter to the parent corporation of Seattle’s local Jimmy John’s outlets asking them whether paid sick time was available to their retail employees.
Unlike the many local businesses who have stepped up to support paid sick days in Seattle, we heard nothing back from Jimmy John’s corporate owners. For a company that boasts of their franchises netting nearly $300,000 a year, that merits their induction into Seattle’s Paid Sick Days Hall of Shame. And that merits their induction into Seattle’s Paid Sick Days Hall of Shame, hard on the heels of Starbucks.
About 20 people showed up during the lunch rush in front of the Jimmy John’s near 3rd and University – and as he promised, so did Cyrus the Virus, to represent the “pro-virus” side of the debate. He seemed friendly enough, even though no one would shake his hand.
Video from the event coming up in a little while.