Regal faces boycotts as cuts employees hours to avoid Obamacare

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 24, 2013 at 7:45 am

Regal Cinemas has caused an uproar by cutting employees' hours in order to reduce their healthcare costs. Numerous boycotts are taking place at the chain, the nation’s largest.

Read more in the Huffington Post.

Comments (8)

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 24, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Well deserved. This chain is very profitable and this is political posturing. Shame on regal for exploiting its employees!

Giles
Giles on April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm

for the cost of their concession stand food – they are the one’s ripping off their customers, not their employees. Regal is being a cheap bastard.

John Fink
John Fink on April 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

I really wish Amy Miles would quit her whining and innovate here. I’m happy with REG’s rate of return and dividends as a share holder but imagine what good innovative PR would do – – if they figured out a way to provide high quality low cost health care to their front-line workers, that’d be a good thing. I don’t get why big companies are so anti-labor, after all if people had more money to spend they’d have more customers. Very short term thinking on their behalf, but I’m used to that in the hooray for me and f-you world these CEOs operate in.

MPol
MPol on April 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Given the overall anti-labor climate that has existed here in the United States since the late-1960’s, when President Richard Nixon was elected into office and took power, Regal’s anti-labor stance is not the least bit surprising.

I have gone into a Regal Theatre in my area, and, unfortunately, it’s not the cleanest, the concessions are expensive, and, moreover, they don’t care what kind of shape the films shown to their customers are in.

John Fink
John Fink on April 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Oh in Buffalo, NY Regal is pretty good – always clean, the picture is sharp and in focus (better now I hate to say with digital, but they’re in large part doing it right including removing the Real D polarizers for 2D) and staffing levels most nights seem okay. On weekdays quite often its just managers. Now I should admit I see about 250 films a year in theaters – I’ve had some issues here and there but on a whole Regal is decent. Carmike I’ve noticed has the highest prices of any of the big chains (I think)

KennyCagle
KennyCagle on April 27, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Regal recently opened a new cinema in North Little Rock with an RPX (big screen) house. I saw The Hobbit there in HFR and their sound and picture blew me away. It rivals some THX-certificated cinemas I’ve attended; however, if they can charge $7 for a bag of popcorn that cost them pennies to make, then they should be able to afford to offer their employees insurance. I’ll be taking my business back to the Rave Cinema in Little Rock.

MPol
MPol on April 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm

The Rave Cinema in Little Rock, AR will be taken over by Cinemark sooner or later, as most of the Rave Cinemas here in the United States have.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on April 28, 2013 at 7:27 pm

It’s not just Regal that cut the employee hours, it every single business and most state governments in the USA, including Walmart and the Virginia State Government, that cut the hours

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