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To: Panera Bread CEO Niren Chaudhary, JAB Holding Company

Panera Bread: Provide Emergency Paid Leave and Meet with Your Workers

Panera Bread: Provide Emergency Paid Leave and Meet with Your Workers

Panera Bread employees believe that it is irresponsible to customers and employees for our company to require workers, especially imuno-compromised and vulnerable employees, to continue working as coronavirus continues to spread.

We are demanding that in response to the recommendations of health organizations and the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus, our workers be given emergency paid leave until the threat of this virus is contained. We are calling on Panera Bread and its parent company, JAB Holding Company, to support us by providing a minimum of 15 days emergency paid leave to those who request it. Without us, Panera Bread could not run.

In addition, we are asking for changes to be made once business is back to normal. Our wages were much too low, our working conditions were difficult, and our benefits were non-existent. We are also demanding that Panera Bread and JAB Holding Company meet with a committee of Panera Bread employees to improve our working conditions and our lives!

Finally, we remind you that it is against federal law to retaliate against an employee for making a discrimination or wage-related complaint. This includes discharging, penalizing, disciplining or in any other manner discriminating against workers for this activity. 29 U.S.C. § 215(a)(3).

Why is this important?

We as workers, especially immuno-compromised and vulnerable workers, are being forced to risk potential exposure to and spread of the Coronavirus while CEO Niren Chaudhary can continue working remotely.

We should not have to choose between paying for essential food, rent and medical supplies and compromising social solidarity (a.k.a. social distancing) or exposing ourselves to further risks.

Reasons for signing

  • Panera should be giving all its employee's sick leave. No one should have to risk infecting others because he can't afford to not work.
  • It’s there responsibility to take care of the people that help there business stay in business. They are the faces of panera bread.And they need to be understanding of what is right.
  • I work at a Panera Bread that was forced to close due to our mall closing. Originally we were told that we could borrow up to 40 hours of PTO towards our future hours. Then the state mandated that all employers pay out accrued PTO to furloughed employees, and we were told that the store can no longer “afford” to let employees borrow those 40 hours. (Of course, we were only notified of the change after someone tried to put in for the borrowed PTO.)


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