We’ve been hearing so many stories about fast food restaurant owners fighting with their employees over the $15 minimum wage, so it’s refreshing to see the complete opposite situation occur.When Chick-fil-A franchise owner Jeff Glover shut down his Austin restaurant for five months for renovations, he didn’t think twice about what he would do for his employees: He simply kept paying them their salaries until the store reopened this week.
"I thought to myself, 'I don't want my group to have to forgo their salaries," he told local news station KVUE. He even gave them $1-per-hour raises. "It would be a real financial crisis for the 50 families represented by the workers here to have to go five months without a job.”
During the time the store was closed, all 50 employees were expected to do some online testing. Now that it’s open once again, Glover plans on hiring even more workers for the 5,700-square-foot space.
His employees were thrilled, but not too surprised at the gesture. As one employee said, “He’s always taking care of us.”